Program Highlights

I chose to attend CCLCM because of the smaller class size and high faculty to student ratio. The classes are personal and allow for in-depth discussion of the topics.

Sharmila Basu
Class of 2010

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Why Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine?

CCLCM is a distinct track within the CWRU School of Medicine with a curriculum designed to train graduates who will have excellent clinical skills, expertise and experience in research, and a passion for scientific inquiry.  Upon completion of the 5-year curriculum, you will graduate with an M.D. degree with Special Qualification in Biomedical Research.


  • Small class size
  • Full tuition Scholarship
  • Non-competitive learning environment, no grades, no class ranking
  • Student-centered learning experience
  • 5 year course of study with adequate time for a substantive research project
  • Last 3 years of study customized to match your research interests, clinical skills, and professional goals
  • A physician advisor and a research advisor to guide your successful progress
  • A basic science curriculum that is organ system based and linked to relevant clinical experiences
  • Clinical experiences beginning in Year 1 and integrated throughout the curriculum to ensure you will enter a future residency with excellent clinical skills
  • A graduate education in medicine with problem-based learning (PBL) sessions, interactive seminars and laboratories aimed at developing in-depth problem solving skills
  • Broad opportunities for basic/translational and clinical research
  • Patient volume and diversity that provide outstanding clinical training
  • Close interaction with clinical and research faculty
  • State-of-the-art educational, clinical, and research resources

As a CCLCM student, you will have access to all of the resources of the Cleveland Clinic, one of the finest health care institutions in the world.  You will have the opportunity to practice medicine with world-renowned physicians who excel in their respective fields and to conduct research alongside investigators working on the cutting edge of medical science.  As a student in the CWRU School of Medicine, you will be enrolled in one of the top medical schools in the country and a leading independent research university.

Ranked among the top 4 hospitals in the country, the Cleveland Clinic is recognized for its outstanding clinical care and its commitment to academic excellence.  The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute ranks among the top research institutions in the country for NIH funding.  In education, the Cleveland Clinic sponsors one of the largest graduate medical education programs in the country with more than 1300 residents and fellows in a broad range of specialties making it the 5th largest training facility in the United States.

Faculty of the Cleveland Clinic are among the nation's leaders in academic medicine and are responsible for more than 3,000 scientific publications each year. State of the art research (600,000 sq. ft.) and education (250,000 sq. ft.) facilities provide outstanding support of resources in faculty and trainee academic activities. This commitment to the highest quality patient care, research, and education makes the Cleveland Clinic an ideal setting to train physicians dedicated to ensuring the translation of scientific advances into clinical application.