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Your Future: Right Here, Right Now!

It is an exciting time to enter into the field of medicine. The number of paths available for a career in medicine is endless. At the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, our academic environment is structured to allow you to explore all of the myriad areas of medicine so that you can make informed decisions regarding your future. We strive to make the application process as simple as possible so that you have more time to explore the paths ahead of you.

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What Makes CWRU Different?

Excellence in Education

Our goal at the CWRU School of Medicine is to educate future physicians who will compassionately and expertly care for their patients. We provide a world-class education by creating a learning environment that fosters collegiality, leadership, and excellence in scholarship and research.

We are continually looking into the future of medicine and have been ranked among the nation's top 25 medical schools by U.S. News and World Report for over 25 years.  In partnership with Cleveland Clinic, we launched the first third-party HoloLens app in the Microsoft store in 2016, and are now using next-generation Microsoft HoloLens technology to teach anatomy. This holographic anatomy curriculum uses cadavers sparingly and, in early classroom trials, has shown to be more effective than traditional teaching methods.

Intimate Learning Environment and Collaboration

Five students at CWRU medical school sit facing each other in discussion

At CWRU SOM, we foster collaboration, promote lifelong learning, and encourage students to explore their passions. Our teachers and mentors treat you as junior colleagues, not just students, and we feel that the camaraderie here is infectious. This camaraderie is most easily seen in our Inquiry Teams (IQ Groups). These small, group learning teams are one of the most positively reviewed elements of our curriculum, and give students the chance to learn in a low-pressure, collaborative atmosphere.

Real World Scenarios

Two young researchers in white lab coats stand with Dr. Brian Cobb in white coat to analyze data on a computer screen.

We strive to teach our students in a practical, relevant, and hands-on environment. Our IQ Groups are also a big hit with our teachers, as they help students learn the basic sciences in a clinical context. Each week, our groups are given patient cases that teach clinical medicine, but also introduce themes of Public Health, health care disparities, socio-economic determinants of disease, cultural competency, and much more.

We also feature Foundations in Clinical Medicine (FCM) which highlights less tangible knowledge and skill sets, such as bedside manner. Great doctors need to have more than just book smarts and we equip our students with the tools to be great.

As the largest biomedical research institution in the Ohio, we build research into each MD program, giving students further opportunities to explore, present, and publish. With endless research opportunities, you will play an integral role in the development of new knowledge in the biomedical sciences and improved delivery of clinical care.

Our Affiliates

Young woman researcher in a white lab coat uses a pipette

At CWRU SOM we are fortunate to be partnered with four renowned teaching hospitals, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, and the Louis Stokes VA.

This broad clinical landscape allows you to work with diverse patient populations in a variety of clinical settings. The diversity of our patients and the strength of our health professional teams ensures that our students understand the complexities of healthcare in an ever-changing world.

A Fun Environment

CWRU Society Deans Dr. Steve Ricanati, Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, and Dr. Robert Haynie

Our faculty also cares deeply about your success on a personal level. There are four Academic Societies within the school, each with its own student affairs dean, the Society Deans. Each Society Dean acts as an advisor, mentor, and career coach, providing tremendous support to our students. We have also developed a strong peer mentoring program, beginning with our rising second-year students shepherding in our new class of students through Peer Handoff each summer.


A New Home


We recently completed our state-of-the-future Health Education Campus, a collaboration between Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic. The four-story, 477,000-square-foot space is designed to bring medical, nursing, dental medicine and physician assistant students together to learn with—and from—each other.

Learn more about the interprofessional focus at the Health Education Campus.

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This is just a glimpse of what you can look forward to at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine! To find out more, apply today!

Case Western Reserve University admits students of any race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university.