About the College

In 2002, the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University formed an historic partnership to establish the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of CWRU (CCLCM) – an innovative medical school program with a mission to train physician investigators. Every aspect of CCLCM is focused on achieving this goal - from admissions criteria and supportive financial aid to curriculum design and student assessment. Students develop the skills of self-directed learning critical for success as a physician and an investigator. Demonstrating commitment to this concept the Cleveland Clinic made available full academic scholarships to completely cover the cost of tuition to all students in 2008.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CCLCM is "to educate a limited number of highly qualified persons who seek to become physician investigators and scientists committed to the advancement of biomedical research and clinical practice."

Our goal for students is to foster a passion for scientific inquiry and skills for critical thinking coupled with broad-based clinical expertise that will optimally position the M.D. graduate to pursue a career as a physician investigator.

CCLCM students become an important partner in achieving the mission of the Cleveland Clinic; patient care, education of those who serve the public, and research into patients problems.

Relationship with Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Program, referred to as "The College Track" is one of three distinct medical school curricular tracks leading to the MD degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. (CCLCM, University track & MSTP)
  • College track students are awarded a special medical degree by Case Western Reserve University which is termed a Medical Doctor qualification in Biomedical Research.
  • Students in the (CCLCM) have access to all the resources available to other CWRU medical students.
  • The Cleveland Clinic is just a mile west from Case Western Reserve University, in the University Circle Area, so students from CCLCM and CWRU can easily participate in activities on either campus. A constructive partnership and mutually advantageous relationship has been built between CWRU and the Cleveland Clinic.
Staying true to the innovative atmosphere that has made the Cleveland Clinic so successful, this program fosters original thinking by challenging students in a problem-based learning curriculum that is supported by an amazingly dedicated faculty…
Alan Siu Class of 2009
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