About the University Program

The University Program is Case Western Reserve University’s oldest and largest Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. A four-year degree track, it is designed to train well-rounded physicians on four cornerstones: clinical mastery, research and scholarship, leadership, and civic professionalism. 

In the University Program, our primary goal is to train students to treat disease, promote health, and examine the social and behavioral context of illness in the rapidly changing healthcare environment of the 21st century.

Fast Facts

  • Average annual entering class size: 170 (not including students in the Medical Scientist Training Program)
  • Program duration: Four years
  • Grading during years one and two: Pass/Fail
  • Grading during years three and four: Individual assessments (honors, commendable, satisfactory, or unsatisfactory)
  • Primary learning styles: About 50% small group work, 50% lectures
  • Requirements: MD thesis requirement
  • Resulting degree(s): MD (opportunities exist to pursue additional degrees concurrently)
  • Ample opportunity to pursue dual degree options