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MetroHealth Welcomes Diverse, Inaugural Class of Surgery Residents

MetroHealth welcomed its first cohort of 15 residents to the new surgery residency program on July 1, just six months after it was announced.

The hard work and dedication put into the recruitment process resulted in a diverse group of eager residents, each with a background of perseverance and handpicked to hone their skills.

Last summer, MetroHealth began designing the program to replace a long-standing surgical residency partnership that is coming to an end. Building on the strong foundation of MetroHealth’s highly regarded Department of Surgery and its affiliation with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, System leaders returned to the hospital’s roots of running an independent residency program that showcases its assets and public health mission.

Faculty and staff were in a unique position this year since MetroHealth’s program was launched after the “Match process,” which matches candidates and residency programs simultaneously to fill first and second-year post-graduate training positions.

That means faculty and staff were able to make offers to residents directly, setting the tone for this initial class and the cohorts to follow. The goal was to create an environment for people interested in leadership and education, who wanted to help shape the program and who exemplified MetroHealth’s mission.

In a field typically dominated by men, 50% of residents in this pool are women and 75% are people of color. This provides MetroHealth a unique position to build and train the next generation of surgeon clinicians, educators and leaders while supporting equality.

“The importance of a more diverse surgical workforce is being increasingly recognized and is one factor in attempts at reducing disparities in health care outcomes. Our new residency is another way that MetroHealth is working to improve care for our community. We are excited to have this opportunity to contribute to this effort,” said Christopher P. Brandt, MD, Richard B. Fratianne Professor of Surgery at Case Western Reserve University, Chair of the Department of Surgery and Director, Surgery Service Line at The MetroHealth System.

Next year, MetroHealth will be participating in the Match process. For more information on the program and deadlines, please check for updates.

About The MetroHealth System

The MetroHealth System is redefining health care by going beyond medical treatment to improve the foundations of community health and well-being: affordable housing, a cleaner environment, economic opportunity and access to fresh food, convenient transportation, legal help and other services. The system strives to become as good at preventing disease as it is at treating it.

The system’s more than 600 doctors, 1,700 nurses and 7,800 employees go to work each day with a mission of service, to their patients and to the community. As Cuyahoga County’s safety-net health system, MetroHealth plays an essential role in the region, caring for anyone and everyone, regardless of an ability to pay.

Founded in 1837, MetroHealth operates four hospitals, four emergency departments and more than 20 health centers and 40 additional sites throughout Cuyahoga County. The system serves more than 300,000 patients, two-thirds of whom are uninsured or covered by Medicare or Medicaid.

MetroHealth is home to Cuyahoga County’s most experienced Level I Adult Trauma Center, verified since 1992, and Ohio’s only adult and pediatric trauma and burn center.

As an academic medical center, MetroHealth is committed to research and to teaching and training tomorrow’s caregivers. Each active staff physician holds a faculty appointment at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Its main campus hospital houses the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Lincoln-West School of Science & Health, the only high school in America located inside a hospital.

Knowing that good health is about much more than good medical care, MetroHealth has launched the Institute for H.O.P.E.™ (Health, Opportunity, Partnership, Empowerment), which uses a coordinated, collaborative and strategic approach to help patients with non-medical needs such as healthy food, stable housing and job training.

The MetroHealth Glick Center, a new 11-floor hospital, is under construction on the system’s main campus in Cleveland and is scheduled to welcome its first patients in October 2022. The billion-dollar project is the cornerstone of a wider neighborhood revitalization effort led by the system and its partners in the community.

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