Summa Health System Department of Medicine

Outstanding learning culture, skilled and growing faculty and a progressive vision for educating doctors.

"We are preparing competent doctors who will thrive in 21st century settings."
David B. Sweet, MD, FACP, Program Director, Internal Medicine
David B. Sweet MD is a Program Director with a purpose. His goal is to shape and sustain a residency that trains doctors in the foundations of patient care, personal scholarship and the use of evidence based medicine. But new physicians also need to assess systems for quality, use population health, improve patient satisfaction and lead clinical teams. Dr. Sweet has been testing ways of training doctors with new skills during the ACGME's ten year Educational Innovations Project. The result is a progressive residency with faculty who are skilled to prepare physicians for today and tomorrow.

Dr. Sweet is Program Director for Internal Medicine and Clinical Professor of Medicine at Northeast Ohio University College of Medicine.
educational culture
The Summa Department of Medicine is committed to providing supervised, hands on learning for residents. Senior residents and faculty have been trained to observe resident skills with patients and to give formative feedback to improve. Trainee 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 resident learning to patient outcomes and safety.

You will notice this difference in our learning culture as soon as you join our team. Observers will give you feedback towards independent practice from day one.
program honors
Our residency programs for Internal Medicine and Transitional Year are continuously accredited by the ACGME.

In 2006 Summa IM successfully applied for charter membership in the Educational Innovations Project, a ten year ACGME program to evaluate and develop new educational approaches for residents that result in improved patient safety and outcomes. During this time we worked with 23 residencies nationally to develop and share progressive elements of our curriculum, including resident training for safe transitions of care, quality improvement, population health, the patient centered home model and resident leadership and teaching skill.

All of these elements are visible in our program today as a result of this opportunity to work and publish with outstanding educators across North America.
Our graduates
See where our graduates have gone and which fellowships they have obtained.
Fellowship Acquisition
Our faculty
Our faculty is made up of board certified clinicians with real world experience and a passion for teaching. Our faculty contributes to our learning culture through their broad range of interests and academic achievements.

Be Well to Do Well.

Our programs are serious about minimizing burnout and building our natural resilience. Life work balance means time out to share the joy of what we do and to build communities of wellness in medicine.

October Resident Cycling Event

18 residents, faculty members and graduates met in the national park on a cold October morning to take to the trails together.

Our first leg led to Brandywine Falls and a tailgating breakfast. From there a group continued north past meadows, forests and the occasional startled deer.

It was a morning filled with laughter, discovery, conversation (and one flat tire).

Dr. Rayl showed us his bike mechanic surgical skills; Eddy's Bike Store delivered gleaming new bikes to the trail for riders.

Cycling: valuable time together on the trail, building resilience- a perfect morning together off campus!
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