lab work at biobox at Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University's pre-med students study in one of the country's top medical communities.

With nationally-ranked hospitals within walking distance of campus, you'll be in the thick of advanced research and clinical care. Learn from and alongside renowned health care professionals, who welcome undergraduate participants on their research teams, and are ready to help you gain knowledge and experience to prepare for medical school.

Facts
64%

of CWRU undergrads who applied to medical school were accepted in the last 5 years.

(42% national average for med school acceptance, Association of American Medical Colleges, 2020-21)

15-20

first-year students offered conditional admission to CWRU School of Medicine or School of Dental Medicine through the Pre-Professional Scholars Program

82%

of undergraduates conduct research with CWRU faculty and other scholars

37

majors selected by CWRU students on the pre-med track

16

Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine and economic science in the CWRU community

Interior conference room view inside Health Education Campus at Case Western Reserve University

Medical community

University Circle and the greater Cleveland area are home to some of the best medical institutions in the country. 

Cleveland Clinic

  • Consistently ranked among the top 5 hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report
  • The second-largest medical group practice in the world

University Hospitals

  • A top 20 biomedical research center and among the nation’s leading academic hospitals
  • Includes Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, nationally ranked in seven pediatric specialties, including Neonatology and Pediatric Orthopedics

Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

  • The third-largest VA hospital in the country and recognized for more programs of clinical excellence than any other VA medical center in the U.S.

MetroHealth Medical Center

  • One of only 19 Level 1 trauma centers with a burn unit and a rehabilitation facility specializing in spinal cord injuries
Our students

Each Case Western Reserve University student brings their own background and interests to our campus, creating a culture that’s dynamic, diverse and inclusive.

Let them tell you more about themselves.

Undergraduate research

More than 80% of students are involved in research on campus and at leading organizations around the country and abroad, such as:

Mingda Chen: Biochemistry major

portrait of Mingda Chen

Research mentors

Jonathan Stamler, MD, professor of medicine; Richard Premont, PhD, associate professor of medicine, Institute for Transformative Molecular Medicine

Research focus

Diabetes, artery disease and chronic hypertension. He investigated the S-nitrosylation- dependent signal crosstalk between G protein-coupled receptor and immune signaling pathways. The goal was to discover a mechanism to control the balance between too much immune activation (i.e. autoimmune disease) and not enough activation (i.e. immunodeficiency).

Baraa Nawash: Biology major, Chemistry minor

portrait of Baraa Nawash

Research mentor

Paul Tesar, PhD, genetics and genome sciences, CWRU School of Medicine

Research focus

Stem cell technology solutions for brain deterioration. Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease (PMD)—caused by mutations in a major myelin protein, proteolipid protein 1 (PLP1)—is a devastating leukodystrophy causing motor deficits, hypotonia, ataxia, cognitive impairment and early mortality. Her research in suppressing levels of mutant PLP1 may be an essential tool for generating the first universal therapeutic for patients with PMD.

Prepare for medical school

Students interested in pursuing medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, or becoming a physician assistant work with a dedicated health career advisor, along with their academic advisor and four-year professional navigator.

Some recent medical school acceptances:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Duke University
  • Emory University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Universidad Central del Caribe
  • University of Florida
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Yale University

Pre-Professional Scholars Program (PPSP)

The Pre-Professional Scholars Program (PPSP) sets an early medical-career path. This highly competitive program grants first-year admission to Case Western Reserve and concurrent conditional admission to CWRU School of Medicine (8 years total) or School of Dental Medicine (7 years total).

  • Up to 20 first-year applicants are awarded this honor each year.
  • PPSP applicants should apply Early Decision I or Regular Admission and indicate an interest in the program.

Events pre-med students love

SpartanTHON events

  • This fundraising and service organization culminates its year with a festive 12-hour dance marathon that raises money for Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Another one of their popular events: the Fall 5K Color Run.

Nightingala & Nurse Prom

  • Dinner, dancing and entertainment! Everyone enjoys Nightingala, a semi-formal event sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Nurse’s Association. Students then head to Nurse Prom, held at The Spot, where free food and fun continues.

Anatomy Fashion Show

  • As student models hit the runway in bodysuits painted by fellow students depicting various systems and organs of the human body, emcees provide important lessons in physiology. Funds raised are donated to Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital.

Biology Student/Faculty Trivia Night

  • An evening of shared fun, food and board games concludes with teams of students against faculty answering biology-themed trivia questions written completely by students.

 

Anatomy Fashion Show at Case Western Reserve University

Some of the 200+ clubs and organizations of interest to pre-med students.

With clubs and organizations ranging from Acts of Random Kindness to IMPROVment to the Scuba Club, you’ll find all kinds of ways to pursue your academic goals and personal passions.

A few to check out:

  • American Medical Student Association
  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • American Mock World Health Organization
  • Craniofacial Club
  • CWRU EMS (student-run emergency medical assistance)
  • CWRU Public Health Association
  • Global Health Design Collaborative (finding sustainable solutions to health concerns in Uganda)
  • Global Medical Brigades (taking health care to economically disadvantaged countries)
  • Horizons at CWRU (mentor inner-city teens)
  • Love Your Melon (helping pediatric cancer patients; raises research money)
  • Medicine, Education, Development for Low Income Families Everywhere
  • Operation Smile University Club (benefits children undergoing craniofacial procedures)
  • Partners In Health Engage (advocate for quality health care)
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club
  • Pre-Veterinary Medical Association
  • Project Sunshine (helping kids with cancer, AIDS and other serious illnesses)
  • ...and dozens more!