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About the University Program

The University Program (4 year MD) is our oldest and largest MD program. It is designed to train well-rounded physicians built on four cornerstones of clinical mastery, research and scholarship, leadership, and civic professionalism.  Our goal is to challenge students so that they affect positive change through treating disease, promoting health, and understanding the social and behavioral context of illness.

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Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine curriculum has long been recognized and praised for its innovative approach.
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Completing an application to medical school is a lengthy and multi-step process. Learn how the admissions process works at our school.
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The Foundations of Medicine and Health

The principles of health and population medicine are firmly embedded within the Western Reserve2 Curriculum from the moment students begin their education at the School of Medicine. In typical programs, students begin their medical education by studying basic science at the molecular level, not fully aware of the relevance that this knowledge will have in their future education or how it relates to the actual practice of medicine. The Western Reserve2 Curriculum begins differently, however, with a block called "Becoming a Doctor". This introductory block focuses on health and disease within the broader context of society, and provides both a perspective and a framework for subsequent learning of biomedical and population sciences. Additional foundations courses in the first year shift the focus to basic science training closely linked to clinical experiences and interactions with individual patients. The second year of the Western Reserve2 Curriculum includes the continuation of foundations courses.


(IQ) Teams = a small, student-centered learning team that uses elaborate patient cases and discussion to learn, retain, synthesize and integrate knowledge. In an IQ Team, students prepare for and do most of the talking. Each team includes 8-9 students and a faculty member who facilitates discussion, ensures that the learning objectives are addressed and that each member of the group contributes to the learning effort.