MD Programs

At the Forefront of Education

In 1952, the School of Medicine at CWRU (then known as Western Reserve University) implemented an innovative curriculum now widely credited with initiating changes in medical education throughout the country and around the world.

Our education program continues to receive accolades. In 2002, the School of Medicine became only the third institution in history to receive the best review possible by the authority that grants accreditation to U.S. and Canadian medical degree programs, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

A Tradition of Excellence

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step"--Lao Tzu

There has never been a more exciting time to enter the field of medicine.

And at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we know that choosing a medical school can be both exhilarating and stressful. We strive to make the application process as simple as possible so that you have time to decide what's most important and which school will provide you the best education, experiences, and choices to achieve your goals!

Choose one of our three pathways into medicine below and take YOUR first step today!

CWRU medical students in small group discussing their case study
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.

Two CWRU medical students in white coats in discussion on a clinical rotation
The College Program

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (5 year MD), is a research focused curriculum that prepares students for careers as physician-investigators. Students graduate with an MD with special qualifications in biomedical research.

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MD/PhD Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program is our MD/PhD Track that can take up to 8 years to complete. This program develops physician-scientists who bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research.

Program Comparison Chart

  University Program College Program MD/PhD (MSTP) Program
Program Goal To challenge students in the areas of research and scholarship, clinical mastery, leadership, and civic professionalism, so that they affect positive change through treating disease, promoting health, and understanding the social and behavioral context of illness. To foster a passion for scientific inquiry and develop skills for critical thinking, coupled with broad-based clinical expertise, to optimally position students for careers as physician-investigators. To develop physician-scientists to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research by providing training leading to both the medical degree and doctoral degree.
Avg. Annual Entering Class Size 172 32 11
Program Duration 4 Years 5 Years 8 Years
Additional Information Primary learning styles: 50% small group, 50% large lecture; thesis-like requirement Primary learning styles: small group, problem-based, thesis requirement MD earned through University Program; dissertation required for PhD
Resulting Degree MD (opportunities exist to pursue additional degrees concurrently) MD with Special Qualifications in Biomedical Research (opportunities exist to pursue additional degrees concurrently) MD and PhD in a basic science discipline
Administration Lina Mehta, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions
Kathy Franco, MD
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs
Clifford Harding, MD, PhD
Program Director