Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

Our Connection with CWRU

Our Connection with CWRU

A constructive partnership and mutually advantageous relationship has been built between Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and Cleveland Clinic.


In 2002, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) was established as a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and CWRU with a $100 million gift from Al and Norma Lerner.


The Lerner College of Medicine program is one of three distinct medical school programs, specifically called the College Program, within the CWRU School of Medicine. College Program students are awarded a special degree by CWRU: Medical Doctor with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research.


Cleveland Clinic serves as an outstanding teaching site for all medical students in the CWRU School of Medicine, in addition to being the site for clerkship and core clinical education in the College Program.


Cleveland Clinic is just a mile west from CWRU, in the University Circle, so students from both CCLCM and the CWRU School of Medicine University Program can easily participate in activities on either campus. By July 2019, all programs will be together with nursing students, dental students, physician assistant students, and social work students interested in medical setting. The new Healthcare Education Campus is on the campus on the Cleveland Clinic across from main hospital.


View a live camera feed, including a time-lapse video, of the new Health Education Campus construction. 


CCLCM students have access to all the resources available to other CWRU medical students; shared social events start at orientation.  Participation in Doc Opera, special interest groups, panels and other activities continue through the year.


Historically, students from the three programs (University Program, College Program, and MSTP) are together for events such as the White Coat Ceremony, Match Day and Commencement. They also interact in their required clinical rotations at area hospitals and healthcare facilities.


Learn more about the plans for the new Health Education Campus below.


Learn more about the plans for the new building.

On Oct. 1, 2015, Cleveland Clinic and CWRU broke ground on the new health education campus that will house the Lerner College of Medicine, among other schools, and is designed to encourage interaction and collaboration. Learn more, and watch the video, which includes architectural renderings.