Department of Medicine Student Resources

Our learning culture
The Summa Department of Internal Medicine is committed to providing supervised, hands on learning for rotating students. Senior residents and faculty have been trained to observe your skills in action and to give you formative feedback to improve your competence in the core skills needed to effectively care for medical patients.Our program benefits from its charter membership in the ACGME's Educational Innovations Project (2006-2016), which relates student and resident learning modules to patient outcomes and safety. You will notice this difference in our learning culture as soon as you join our team as a student learner.
Our campus
During your learning experience you will receive a tour and orientation of our facilities at the Akron City Hospital main campus. Host to 11 residencies and 7 fellowships, the main hospital is a community based facility with an academic pedigree. There is a capacity of 500 beds, a critical care tower with intensive care and heart-lung unit, and a dedicated cancer center. Enclosed, elevated walkways connect specialty offices. A residency based ambulatory care center (Internal Medicine Center) is a AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality) Level 3 certified Patient Centered Home where an interprofessional team achieves high outcomes by actively engaging patients with chronic disease.
The Summa Department of Medicine is located on the first floor of the 55 Arch Building on the Akron City Campus.
From the first floor elevator, exit right to enter the Department of Medicine.
Inside the Department, Beverly Palmer is ready to assist you with your day.
The Internal Medicine Center is a resident continuity clinic and houses the interprofessional team in a patient centered home.
Students use a dedicated, password protected office when they are not in the clinic or hospital.
Akron City Hospital is a 500 bed facility with a large critical care tower. Inpatient beds are connected to offices by skybridge.
Students care for patients as part of inpatient teams. Residents will assign patients and provide support and expertise.
Getting Around
Find your way to the Department of Medicine, inpatient medicine, EHR training and more using these navigation aids.
James S. Tan Department of Medicine
Every learner who joins us for their rotation will benefit from the competence, passion for medical education and wisdom of our department's modern founder, James (Jim) S. Tan. An internationally known specialist in infectious disease, immunology and internal medicine, Dr. Tan was an author and researcher and an awarded medical educator. Dr. Tan shaped our faculty culture around patient centered care, evidence-based medicine and boldly innovative training of the next generation of physicians-- before the wider world of medicine knew these were critical. A true visionary and tireless educator, Dr. Tan's values are alive and well, guiding our department to excellence in a new century. Ask any of our seasoned faculty whom he trained for a story of Dr. Tan's impact on their career, and you will experience a reminder of this medical leader's legacy of brilliance and life change for clinicians.