Medical Education

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There has never been a more exciting time to study medicine—and at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, you'll learn what it takes to become a leader in the field. And, you'll discover how to make an impact even when it seems impossible.

Ranked as the #1 medical school in Ohio and among the top 25 in the country, the School of Medicine offers various research-oriented programs to prepare you for your future career through extensive training and critical skill-building. Here, you'll learn from and collaborate with renowned faculty, network with present (and future) medical professionals, gain hands-on experience within the healthcare hub of Cleveland (home to several top healthcare systems), and so much more.

Discover our many pathways into medicine below and see which of our programs will allow you to explore your passions and achieve your goals.

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The University Program

The University Program (four-year Doctor of Medicine) 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. The goal of this program is to challenge students so that they affect positive change through treating disease, promoting health, and understanding the social and behavioral context of illness.

See more about our curriculum. 

CWRU students in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
The College Program

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine (CCLCM) offers an innovative, five-year program designed to train medical students at Case Western Reserve with critical skills necessary for success as physicians and investigators. Students are encouraged to learn with—and from—fellow students within the CCLCM program and other future medical professionals within the Cleveland area through its state-of-the-future learning space.

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Medical Scientist Training Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)—an MD/PhD combined degree program—takes approximately seven to eight years to complete. The program is designed to prepare physician-scientists for careers in clinical and translational research.

CWRU Master of Science in Anesthesia students in a simulation lab
Master of Science in Anesthesia

The mission of Case Western Reserve University's Master of Science in Anesthesia Program is to train the best anesthetists in the world. This graduate program immerses students in didactic instruction, simulation and hands-on clinical training over the course of two years. This rigorous curriculum enables students to work in higher acuity cases, test their skills in emergencies, and grow increasingly confident in the operating room. 

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Physician Assistant Program

The Physician Assistant Program strives to improve access to healthcare through the education and development of compassionate, highly competent physician assistants who are prepared to provide quality, patient-centered care in a collaborative environment.