Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University

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About the College

Diversity and Inclusion


CCLCM Stands Against Structural Racism
CCLCM stands with Cleveland Clinic and the city of Cleveland to declare racism as a public health crisis. Together we raise our voices to condemn structural racism and embrace our communities to enact positive change.

At Cleveland Clinic and CCLCM we are deeply committed to anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion in education, healthcare and our communities. We recognize that racial inequities exist in medical education and healthcare. We pledge to continue advancing our efforts, including training the next generation of physician investigators to stand against structural racism, unlearn racial biases, and combat health disparities. In every aspect of our program, from admissions and student affairs to student life and curriculum, we will continue to celebrate diversity, recognize the painful effects of racial trauma and create opportunities for open dialogue and positive change.

The entire CCLCM leadership team is here for our students, faculty and staff. We enthusiastically invite applicants to query our approach to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.


The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine is a unique program that is setting new standards for the training of physician investigators. Our goal is to identify candidates who want to further advance the frontiers of biomedical and health services research. We are committed to bringing the best students from the widest variety of backgrounds who will directly impact the future of medical care. A diverse student body engenders richness of thought and discovery, and we seek individuals with intellectual achievement; interpersonal skills; varied research interests and experiences; varied personal and professional journeys; diverse cultures, race, ethnicities, religions, gender and sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and more.

A substantial financial aid program is aimed at lessening the student debt burden and helping to ensure that financial issues do not preclude matriculation of any accepted students.


What We Do

  • The Diversity and Inclusion faculty and staff notify potential applicants about our program through a quarterly newsletter and through recruitment fairs at major regional and national conferences as well as at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
  • We provide current students with resources to successfully navigate the challenges of medical school.
  • We coordinate mentoring opportunities between current students and high school and college students who are interested in careers in healthcare.
  • We build an inclusive community by assisting the Student Diversity Dinner Steering Committee.
  • We coordinate mentoring, affinity groups and social gatherings with the Cleveland Clinic Office of Diversity and Case Western Reserve University.
  • We support a curriculum to represent diverse patient populations, culturally sensitive care and health equity.
  • We promote service learning opportunities with underserved communities in Cleveland.

Future Directions:

  • Attract and keep a diverse faculty to teach and mentor our diverse student body
  • Create learning opportunities that give students the tools to address unconscious bias, micro-aggressions and being a good ally in their present and future careers
  • Represent our commitment to diversity and inclusion throughout the Cleveland Clinic enterprise
  • Celebrate diversity in our new Health Education Campus in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University medical, physician assistant, dental and nursing students


Monica Yepes-Rios, MD

Monica Yepes-Rios, MD
Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Monica Yepes-Rios, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine with the Lerner College of Medicine. She has more than 25 years of experience in medical education and internal medicine clinical practice with a special interest in education to promote thriving learning environments and the care of underserved communities. She completed her internal medicine residency at the George Washington University Medical Center and is a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, Yale University (’97). She earned her bachelor’s degree from Duke University and medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine.


In her role as Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Yepes-Rios looks forward to advancing CCLCM’s strong foundations in diversity and inclusion and making the college program a national leader in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty. She also is focused on celebrating an inclusive and thriving working and learning climate.

Jazmine Sutton, MD

Jazmine Sutton, MD
Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion


A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Jazmine Sutton, MD (’12), joined the Department of Hospital Medicine at Cleveland Clinic in July of 2017. She completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, then returned to Cleveland for medical school at the Lerner College of Medicine. She completed her internal medicine residency and served as a Chief Medical Resident at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. She was a hospitalist for two years at Beth Israel prior to moving back to Ohio to be closer to family.

In her spare time, Dr. Sutton enjoys cooking, watching the Food Network and HGTV, and spending time with her husband, Julius; daughter, Jada; and corgi, Hunter.


Dr. Sutton is a proud CCLCM alumna and excited to step into her new role as the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion.



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