Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

Academics > Assessment


The philosophy of CCLCM is that assessment should enhance learning. As such, students are provided feedback on their progress in basic science, research and clinical disciplines from multiple sources. This feedback allows students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses in comparison to defined, expected standards of performance.

No grades or comprehensive exams are given. Rather, students submit essays and supporting evidence of their achievement of the nine competency standards to the Medical Student Promotion and Review Committee for review and promotion to the next year.

Hear what our faculty have to say about the assessment process.

This competency assessment is similar to the assessments used in residency training in the U.S. as mandated by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The nine competencies are:




Demonstrate knowledge base and critical thinking skills for basic and clinical research and skill sets required to conceptualize and conduct research.

Medical Knowledge

Demonstrate and apply knowledge of human structure and function, pathophysiology, human development and psychosocial concepts to medical practice.


Demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills in a wide range of relevant activities in medicine and research.


Demonstrate knowledge and behavior that represents the highest standard of medical research and clinical practice, including compassion, humanism, and ethical and responsible actions at all times.

Personal Development

Recognize and analyze personal needs (learning, self-care, etc.), and implement plans for personal growth.

Clinical Skills

Perform appropriate history and physical examination in a variety of patient care encounters, and demonstrate effective uses of clinical procedures and laboratory tests.

Clinical Reasoning

Diagnose, manage and prevent common health problems of individuals, families and communities. Interpret findings and formulate action plan to characterize the problem and reach a diagnosis.

Healthcare Systems

Recognize and be able to work effectively in the various healthcare systems in order to advocate and provide for quality patient care.

Reflective Practice

Demonstrate habits of analyzing cognitive and affective experiences that result in identification of learning needs leading to integration and synthesis of new learning.