Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

Answers to FAQs

Answers to FAQs

The Lerner College of Medicine serves as the centralized area for students seeking electives and is responsible for
credentialing, scheduling, orienting and monitoring students, collecting assessments and overseeing the
elective process.

Working Hours

Clinic (outpatient) services are typically 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hospital services vary with each department.

The Elective Coordinator in each department will provide your specific working hours.

Absence During Your Rotation

If you need to be absent during your rotation, please get an absence form from the Education Office. Complete the form and have it signed and approved by the department. 

According to the policy, you can be absent no more than two days out of the four weeks.


You will be issued a Cleveland Clinic pager to use while you are on rotation. Your pager must remain on at ALL times. Batteries are available in our office and at any of the Help Desks located throughout the campus. A dead battery is NO excuse!

You will be responsible for any damage to the pager and will be charged if it is lost. Pager repairs are available in room AB161 from 8 a.m to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.


You are responsible for all meals except on-call meals. View on-campus dining options here

On-call meals are provided only when you are required to stay over in the hospital. A badge swipe system is used for on-call meals. When you receive your on-call schedule, you will give the MSE office the information needed to activate the badge system.

Meal tickets expire at the end of your rotation. They are non-transferable and not redeemable cash. Expiration dates will not be extended.


We ask that you do not have mail delivered unless it is urgent.  If so, you can have your mail forwarded to:

Cleveland Clinic

Elective Program / (c/o YOUR NAME)
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Department of Clinical Education
9500 Euclid Avenue/NA20
Cleveland OH 44195


Please do not have shopping items sent to this location.

Emergency Medical Care

Cleveland Clinic's Primary Health Care Department and Emergency Department provide emergency visits for medical students. Check your personal insurance hospitalization plan for coverage information. 

Body Substance Precautions

Cleveland Clinic has adopted Body Substance Precautions (BSP), a system of infection prevention practices used for all patients. These practices involve the use of protective barriers (e.g., gloves, gowns, facial protection) for contact with body substances, mucous membranes or intact skin, regardless of the patient's diagnosis.

The type of barrier used depends on the specific procedure or patient interaction. Each department's Exposure Control Plan outlines the minimum required protection that must be worn.

Gloves are required when a procedure or task is likely to involve contact with blood or other bodily fluids, mucous membranes or non-intact skin.

Facial protection (e.g., mask, eyeglasses with side shields, face shield) is required when one can reasonably anticipate blood or bodily fluids being splashed in the face.

All barrier equipment is available in each patient care area. The use of BSP for all patients will effectively isolate all infections, except those spread by the respiratory droplet or airborne routes.

Post-exposure Protocol

Significant exposure to patients' BLOOD or BODILY FLUIDS that require follow up include:
  • needle stick, puncture or cut with contaminated sharp
  • splash into the eyes, nose or mouth
  • exposure to open skin areas
Follow-up action
  2. Complete an Occupational Injury Report Form and forward it to the Safety Department.

It is not necessary or advisable to go to the Emergency Department unless emergency care is required.

If the source patient is known, a protocol exists for testing the patient for Hepatitis B and C and HIV. Do not order testing yourself.

After appropriate counseling, you will be offered HIV testing for baseline information. This testing and reporting of the results is done confidentially, and test results are not filed in your medical record. Further testing will be guided by the source patient's results.

Based on the severity and risk of the exposure, and after appropriate counseling, post-exposure prophylaxis may be recommended for you.

Please call the Infection Control Department, Ext. 45194, if you have any questions.

Respiratory and Airborne Precautions

Respiratory droplet precautions require:
  • Private room. Place BLUE respiratory precautions sign on door of patient room; keep door closed.
  • Anyone entering room must wear a mask.
  • If the patient must leave the room, patient must wear a mask.
Diseases requiring respiratory droplet precautions:
  • Meningitis (continue for 24 hours after start of antibiotic therapy)
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Pertussis
Airborne respiratory precautions require:
  • Private room with negative air pressure. Place YELLOW respiratory precautions sign on door of patient room; keep door closed.
  • Anyone entering room must wear an N95 particulate respirator.
  • If the patient must leave the room, patient must wear a mask.
Diseases requiring airborne respiratory precautions:
  • Tuberculosis (pulmonary or laryngeal)
Chickenpox  Isolation for chickenpox or disseminated herpes zoster requires a private room with negative air pressure. Place chickenpox isolation sign on the patient room door; keep door closed. Anyone not immune, or not aware of their immune status, should not enter the room.

Hepatitis B Vaccine  Call Primary Care ext. 42535 for an appointment. The Hepatitis B vaccine is administered in three doses over six months. You must have all three doses to be considered immunized. Since you are here for only a short time, you are responsible for making sure you receive all three doses wherever you travel next.

Evaluations: Yours and Ours

If your school requires an evaluation of your performance, please provide the form to the Clinical Education Office at orientation.

Prior to completing your elective, you will be expected to complete an online teaching evaluation to evaluate your experience here. This information is very important as it provides us with critical information about our elective rotations.

If you have any questions about the use of evaluations, please ask.