Pathways Programs

The Pathways Programs in the MD Degree

The Pathways Programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine are parallel programs designed to provide individualized enrichment experiences for students with interest or expertise in pursuits beyond the core curriculum. We have three Pathways which are currently active:

  • Medical Humanities & Ethics
  • Urban Health
  • Mandel Wellness & Prevention

We anticipate two additional Pathways beginning in AY18-19:

  • Health Care Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Medical Education

Each Pathway has a unique curriculum. On average, Pathway students meet weekly or biweekly in the pre-clerkship phase to explore content and complete mentored projects or scholarly activities in the Pathway. 

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care

(Including nutrition, exercise, and culinary and lifestyle medicine) 

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway prepares students for excellence in the field of multidimensional and holistic wellness, equipping them with the knowledge and training to encourage healthy lifestyles. Content includes a speaker series, practical applications in healthy cooking, relaxation techniques and more, which will help participants understand and appreciate wellness that encompasses mind, body and spirit, as well as social and environmental factors. 

Faculty lead: Hope Barkoukis, PhD 

Visit the Mandel Wellness Pathway website

Health Humanities

(including the history of medicine, the arts, and social medicine). 

The Health Humanities Pathway explores arts and humanities-based courses and experiences to promote the development of health care professionals who can explore the complex interplay among patients, health care professionals and culture. Students will develop innovative and informed approaches to health, well-being and quality of life for the patients and communities they serve, while developing resilience and passion to improve the culture of medicine. 

Faculty lead: Susan Stagno, MD 

Urban Health

(including health policy, health advocacy, and caring for medically vulnerable populations) 

The Urban Health Pathway allows students to develop a meaningful focus in their role as doctors in urban communities. Community experts, patients and mentors will illuminate real-life health concerns as students take part in skill building opportunities, leadership development, community engagement and clinical rotations tailored to urban health. 

Faculty lead: Lisa Navracruz, MD