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.


As of summer 2019, students from both CCLCM and the CWRU School of Medicine University Program, along with CWRU nursing, dental medicine and physician assistant students, share the same learning environment. Called the Health Education Campus and located across from Cleveland Clinic’s main entrance, this state-of-the-future space was designed specifically to allow these groups of future medical professionals to learn with—and from—each other.


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 campus and how we’re educating students for the future of healthcare.