MD Programs

HEC - Debate


September 24, 2020

Given the economic impact of COVID-19 (including job loss, furlough, or reduced-income), we anticipate that students matriculating into the 2021 class of the University Program of the CWRU School of Medicine will likely demonstrate greater financial need as compared to past years.  In recognition of these unique circumstances, the School of Medicine has made the decision to focus our resources on helping to meet this need, and will be awarding only need-based aid this year.

Additionally, the School of Medicine has also made the decision to offer incoming students financial aid awards that will be guaranteed across all four years of the medical education curriculum.  A four-year guaranteed award will provide students the assurance that they will be able to have consistent award eligibility throughout their medical school career, making their anticipated costs more predictable.

July 23, 2020

We are well aware of the uncertainty that the novel Coronavirus is causing this academic year, and are prepared to be as flexible as possible with our current, and future applicant pools. In light of this, we will accept online courses and labs that occur during academic year 20-21 due to the remote instruction model.

April 20, 2020

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (CWRUSOM) is well aware of the disruption in coursework for many current students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While letter grades for coursework are still preferred, we understand the difficulty that this may pose for many, and as such, CWRUSOM will accept Pass/No Pass grading for prerequisite courses (below) for the winter/spring and summer 2020 semesters. Online laboratory credit will also be accepted during this time period.  

We also recognize the current difficulty with MCAT scheduling, and as such, will be moving our application review/interview timelines later, in order to accommodate applicants who take late summer/fall MCATs.  We will also be accepting MCAT scores that were administered in 2016.  

With various stay-at-home orders and other forms of social distancing we are also aware that many activities such as research, clinical shadowing, service and participation in student groups have been interrupted. Our application screening team will be taking this into consideration as they review applications; there will also be additional opportunity in our secondary application to further describe these interruptions, their impact on you, and to further detail experiences and competencies that may not otherwise be readily evident. 

We know that this is a fluid situation, and will continually be reevaluating our requirements as future events unfold. Please know that in these unprecedented times, we are committed to being flexible with the 2020-2021 application cycle. 

Please visit our Admissions Requirements page for COVID-related Admissions FAQs.

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.

The School of Medicine is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), the authority that grants accreditation to U.S. and Canadian medical degree programs.  In 2002, our education program became only the third institution in history to receive the best review possible by the LCME.

A Tradition of Excellence

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!

The goal of our admissions process is to further the mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which includes excellence in medical education, discoveries in translational science, and improving community health. To best meet the needs of the diverse populations in Ohio and beyond, and to achieve the goals of the institution, the School of Medicine's admissions process uses a balanced and holistic approach that considers an applicant's academic metrics, experiences, and personal attributes in order to achieve the educational benefits of a diverse student body and future physician work force.

The Admissions Committee also recognizes that many applicants who are underrepresented in medicine come from geographically, socioeconomically, and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and that people from these backgrounds are more likely to eventually serve disadvantaged, underserved and marginalized populations. As such, our admissions selection approach also encourages consideration of disadvantaged status, as broadly defined, in the decision-making process.

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.

Two women in white lab coats and green sterile gloves work next to each other at a lab bench
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.