School of Medicine hosts Cleveland high schoolers as part of Robbins Bridge program

Cleveland High School students outside Samson Pavilion

A group of Cleveland Metropolitan School District School (CMSD) of Science and Medicine 11th graders visited Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine on Feb. 16, to participate in the Cardiovascular Inquiry Seminar Series (CISS). Launching in 2012, the CISS is a four-part lecture series curriculum designed by medical school faculty and students to expose high school students to case-based IQ small-group learning through hands-on physical diagnosis seminars and cardiovascular-themed lectures.

high school student examining another student's eyes

The series is part of the Robbins Bridge program—which aims to create a pipeline of CMSD high school students to the School of Medicine. Robbins Bridge provides tutoring and college prep skill-building for students, and with the Joan C. Edwards Charitable Foundation, offers one annual scholarship for undergraduate and medical school studies at Case Western Reserve.

Program participants will complete exams to test what they've learned. The top 15 earn spots for an in-depth immersion experience with first-year medical students. 

high school student taking blood pressure of another high school student

The program concludes at the Edwards Scholar Dinner, where a senior scholarship recipient is named, and rising 12th-grade participants learn more about applying for the scholarship the following year.