Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

Academics > Curriculum


An innovative curriculum

First, view our philosophy about the curriculum and then take an PDFin-depth look at the five-year curriculum.
  • Teaching methods focus on interactive learning and applying knowledge through problem-based learning (PBL), seminars, problem sets, electronic-based curriculum and labs. Formal lectures are few and discouraged.
  • The research curriculum extends throughout the five years and includes hands-on research experience during the first two summers of school and for the 12-month research thesis project.
  • The basic science curriculum is organ system-based, with traditional disciplines including anatomy/ histology, pathology, pharmacology, cell biology, physiology, immunology, infectious disease, oncology, bioethics, bioinformatics and genetics woven through every course. Evidence-based medicine is taught throughout the five years.
  • Clinical experiences are integrated throughout the curriculum beginning early in year 1.
  • Students are expected to attend and participate in all curriculum activities as part of their professional responsibility.
  • A strong commitment has been made to our Humanities in Medicine program, which is an innovative and unique method of teaching students to become skillful and professional physicians. Students engage in performance-based arts and literative applications, and interact with our Arts & Medicine Institute and other creative programs.
  • During the last three years of the program, CCLCM students can elect their clerkships at any of the teaching hospitals in Cleveland affiliated with CWRU. In addition to core clerkship experiences, Cleveland Clinic provides advanced clinical electives, typically taken in year 4, for all CWRU medical students. More than 55 elective rotations in specialty areas are available to CWRU students and other medical students around the country, as available.
Hear what our faculty have to say about the curriculum.