Western Reserve Hospital offers free housing for visiting medical students, space permitting, with a $50 refundable deposit. Our recently renovated housing complex is located within a 1-2 minute scenic walking distance from WRH, and allows for easy accessibility to the hospital and local area shopping and restaurants. Each apartment unit contains a kitchen area along with separate sleep, living, and dining rooms. Guests enjoy secure internet access in all rooms and have access to the full catalog of WRH library services and electronic resources. Please denote the need for student housing in the appropriate space on the medial student application as housing units are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Selection Process

The selection of the incoming resident class follows the guidelines set forth by the AOA Basic Documents for Postdoctoral Training, Trainee Eligibility, Selection and Recruitment process. Western Reserve Hospital highly values a commitment to lifelong learning and strong work ethic in the selection of potential candidates. A well-rounded individual that fits with our model of patient-centered healthcare and quality outcomes, will flourish in the osteopathic environment we have here.

In addition, we strive to take much of the uncertainty and anxiety away from the interview and selection process. While our programs are competitive we feel that a candidate should be comfortable in the interview process and able to use this time to ask questions and learn about the top quality resident physicians we are training. Before an interview can be given WRH requests that the following information be completed:

  • ERAS application
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Board Scores

WRH Residency Interview Itinerary

Candidates are notified by the WRH Medical Education Office of interview dates available. This chart  lists the various criteria that are used for each program in choosing their resident selections.

Candidates cannot have failed any part of Board Examination.
If granted an interview, the following is a typical Residency Interview Itinerary:


Arrive-Western Reserve Hospital Lobby - Main Entrance
Hospital Tour - Accompanied by Chief of House Staff/Recruitment Ambassador


Benefits Session - Medical Education Staff



  • Residency Program Director
  • Chairman, Department of Medicine / Surgery
  • Director of Medical Education





  • Attending Physician
  • Chief Resident of Specialty
  • Current Resident Physician



For top choice primary care candidates and their families, we offer a second look weekend event in early January. During this weekend, we showcase some local area attractions such as the Akron Art Museum, the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, and much more. This time also provides more opportunities for our faculty and staff to meet the candidates and answer questions about WRH and the Cuyahoga Falls area. Throughout the entire application and recruitment process WRH is committed to matching with candidates best suited for delivering tomorrow's healthcare.

For additional questions or concerns about this process, or other items, contact our office at

Regional Attractions

Founded in 1812, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio is rich in history, activity, and community spirit. Once a primary source of travel, the Cuyahoga River and Falls now serve as a scenic backdrop for visitors and the more than 50,000 residents of the area. Cuyahoga Falls is home to 4 high schools, 5 middle schools, and 13 private and public elementary schools. Cuyahoga Falls is also close to 12 area colleges and universities. Major shopping venues abound including the Plaza at Chapel Hill, Riverfront Centre, shops along State Road or the Chapel Hill Mall. The area is also home to 39 churches, a free public library, a community hospital and numerous other services and businesses.

Cuyahoga Falls is the second largest city in Summit County. It is located near Akron and Cleveland and is accessible via interstates including I-271, I-480, I-80 (Ohio Turnpike), I-76, I-77, and State Route 8. Akron, Cleveland, Akron-Canton, and Burke Lakefront airports are all within easy driving distance of Cuyahoga Falls.

A wide variety of art, entertainment, and adventure await those of all ages. The world renowned Blossom Music Center serves as the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra and visitors are sure to enjoy outdoor performances at the Porthouse Theatre. Perhaps the area's most notable feature, the city preserves more than 4,800 acres at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, offers thirty state-of-the-art parks and recreation facilities and has become a much visited haven for outdoor lovers.

Below is a brief list of area attractions and venues in and around Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. For further tourist/local information, call the Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau, which covers all of Summit County at: 1-800-245-4254 or 330-374-7560. You can also call the City of Cuyahoga Falls Event Hotline at 330-971-8373. To learn even more about Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio visit The Cuyahoga Falls Chamber of Commerce at

Area Attractions

Parks & Recreation

Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Tours

Hale Farm and Village

Akron Zoo

Cleveland Zoo

Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens

10 Things to do in Cuyahoga Falls


Blossom Music Center - (outdoor amphitheater used for shows, performances, concerts)

Akron Civic Theatre

Akron Art Museum

Cleveland Museum of Art

Cleveland Orchestra

Great Lakes Science Center

Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton, OH)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Cleveland, OH)

Sports Venues

Quicken Loans Arena - (Home to sports teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), The Cleveland Rockers (WNBA), and Cleveland Barons (AHL Hockey team. Many musicians and performing artists use "The Q" when they come to town!)

Progressive Field - (Home to the Cleveland Indians)

Canal Park Stadium - (Home to the minor league Akron Aeros)

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Family Fun

I-X indoor Amusement Park

Cedar Point

Great Wolf Lodge

Kalahari Resort


Rocking on the River

Lock 3



Chapel Hill Mall

Belden Village Mall

Legacy Village

Beachwood Place Mall

Aurora Farms


Ken Stewart's Grill

The Winery At Wolf Creek

Hyde Park Grille

Beau's on the River

Tangier Restaurant

Akron Housing Costs Compared to Others