MetroHealth Medical Center is an Associate Member of Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE). The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) became the nation's first accredited Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution (OPTI) in 1997 and established a model for the osteopathic profession. The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) defines an OPTI as a community-based training consortium comprised of at least one college of osteopathic medicine and one teaching hospital. CORE internship and residency programs accommodate over 450 postdoctoral trainees.
The Centers for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE) system is an integrated statewide medical education consortium formed by affiliations between OU-COM and teaching hospitals in Ohio, as well as other colleges of osteopathic medicine nationwide. This infrastructure supports and promotes excellence in the continuum of osteopathic medical education that begins with matriculation at an osteopathic medical school and extends through residency training and beyond into continuing medical education. All CORE partners are linked via real-time videoconferencing and distance learning technology as well as global, interactive, online Internet access.