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 four Pathways which are currently active:
- Medical Humanities & Ethics
- Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Mandel Wellness & Prevention
- Urban Health
We anticipate an additional Pathways beginning in AY18-19:
- 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.
(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 innovatively 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
Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine is pleased to offer the Health Innovation and Entrepreneurship Pathway. Innovation and aligned entrepreneurial activities are increasingly focused upon as required value-drivers in patient care, healthcare economics, and regional economic development. The changing landscape of healthcare resulting from an aging population and economic reform imparts needs for new approaches to care that is more effective, informed and reasonable. Critically, innovation opportunities rarely come from silos; rather, modern innovation opportunities emanate from a hands-on understanding of current needs. This course reflects the belief across the healthcare operation, to serve as conduits of innovation and change. The course seeks participation from a select group of students who will receive instruction and mentorship from the School of Medicine leadership and advisors to assess and, potentially, develop new solutions to important healthcare problems.
Mahmoud Ghannoum, PhD, MBA, FIDSA, FAAM
Joseph "Joe" Jankowski, PhD
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 prepare 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
(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