Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

of Case Western Reserve University



A Unique Program

  • A small class of 32 students a year allows close mentoring from a faculty culled from more than 3,500 Cleveland Clinic staff physicians and scientists.
  • Students refine their skills as team learners and critical thinkers in an interactive learning environment.
  • The five-year curriculum includes a 12-month master's level research thesis requirement.
  • Students have access to graduate courses during substantial time allotted for independent study and have the opportunity to pursue a master's level degree (MS, MPH, MA) in addition to their medical degree.
  • Students graduate with an "MD with Special Qualification in Biomedical Research" from CWRU.
  • Each student has both a physician advisor and a research advisor who work with the student to help ensure successful progress through the program.
  • They learn in a clinical setting with real patients under the supervision of their own longitude preceptor during years 1 and 2.
  • View the PDFfive-year curriculum, PDFyear 1 calendar and PDFyear 2 calendar.
  • View the Student Match Map



Problem-Based Learning

Students learn best through interactive approaches, applying newly acquired knowledge and teaching their peers. Students use portfolios to document performance, fostering a non-competitive, collaborative learning environment. Unlike traditional teaching methods such as lectures, PBL is case-driven and student-centered.