Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Turns 10

In the highly competitive world of medical education, it was an unusual approach: No grades. No class ranks. Just reviews in which students show their grasp of what they’ve learned largely through case studies.

These were the basic tenets that launched the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University 10 years ago.

“One of the biggest challenges was convincing people, outside of the college, that this was a rational, reasonable and worthwhile way to teach medicine,” says James Young, MD, executive dean and professor of medicine of the college and chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Endocrinology and Metabolism Institute.

He says the proof is now in the impressive residency matches and research contributions of its students. The college was created as a collaboration between Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic in 2002 to train physician-researchers, and was funded by a $100 million gift from Al and Norma Lerner.