MD Programs

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**COVID-19 UPDATE**

March 24, 2020

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine (CWRUSOM) is well aware of the disruption in coursework for many current students as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While letter grades for coursework are still preferred, we understand the difficulty that this may pose for many, and as such, CWRUSOM will accept Pass/No Pass grading for prerequisites courses (below) for the winter/spring 2020 semester. To assist with future planning, at the time of application, the Admissions Committee would prefer no more than 10 credit hours of Pass/No Pass in the sciences (BCPM) section on the AMCAS application as defined by the AMCAS Course Classification; if Pass/No Pass grading exceeds this 10 credit hour preference, applications will be further assessed on a case-by-case basis. 

We recognize that this is still a fluid situation, and will continually be reevaluating our requirements as future events unfold.


At the Forefront of Education

In 1952, the School of Medicine at CWRU (then known as Western Reserve University) implemented an innovative curriculum now widely credited with initiating changes in medical education throughout the country and around the world.

Our education program continues to receive accolades. In 2002, the School of Medicine became only the third institution in history to receive the best review possible by the authority that grants accreditation to U.S. and Canadian medical degree programs, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

A Tradition of Excellence

There has never been a more exciting time to enter the field of medicine.

And at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we know that choosing a medical school can be both exhilarating and stressful. We strive to make the application process as simple as possible so that you have time to decide what's most important and which school will provide you the best education, experiences, and choices to achieve your goals!

The goal of our admissions process is to further the mission of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which includes excellence in medical education, discoveries in translational science, and improving community health. To best meet the needs of the diverse populations in Ohio and beyond, and to achieve the goals of the institution, the School of Medicine's admissions process uses a balanced and holistic approach that considers an applicant's academic metrics, experiences, and personal attributes in order to achieve the educational benefits of a diverse student body and future physician work force.

The Admissions Committee also recognizes that many applicants who are underrepresented in medicine come from geographically, socioeconomically, and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and that people from these backgrounds are more likely to eventually serve disadvantaged, underserved and marginalized populations. As such, our admissions selection approach also encourages consideration of disadvantaged status, as broadly defined, in the decision-making process.

Choose one of our three pathways into medicine below and take YOUR first step today!

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The University Program

The University Program (4 year MD) 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.

Two CWRU medical students in white coats in discussion on a clinical rotation
The College Program

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (5 year MD), is a research focused curriculum that prepares students for careers as physician-investigators. Students graduate with an MD with special qualifications in biomedical research.

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MD/PhD Program

The Medical Scientist Training Program is our MD/PhD Track that can take up to 8 years to complete. This program develops physician-scientists who bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research.