What is the Mission and Vision of this Pathway?

The mission of The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway is to provide participants with insight and skills in wellness and health promotion as it relates to the domains of the mind, body, spirit, social interactions and the community.

The vision is to incorporate and advance the promotion of health and wellness at the individual, family, institutional, professional and community levels.

What are the goals for students who participate in this pathway?

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Wellness and Preventive Care Pathway aspires to:

  • Help medical students develop and maintain healthy self-care habits
  • Familiarize medical students with multiple domains of health and wellness, including mental, physical, emotional and social
  • Teach students skills in at least two of these domains to demonstrably improve long-term patient and self-care;
  • Develop leaders to advance the promotion of health and wellness at the individual, family, institutional and community levels

How much time can the student expect to devote to this pathway?

It would be expected that, on average, students would be spending about two (2) additional hours per week engaged in activities, hands-on culinary workshops, seminars, classes, activities and/or projects related to the pathway. Pathway activities address each of the domains of wellness including physical activity, nutrition and culinary medicine and emotional, social and mental health and wellness.

The pathway experience will continue throughout the four (or five) years of medical school. Upon completion, students’ transcript will reflect their participation in this extracurricular training.

What are some of the inclusions in this pathway?

  • Just What the Doctor Ordered: Food as Therapy Culinary Medicine lab, where students meet monthly to integrate the evidence-based science of nutrition and disease prevention they have learned with hands-on cooking participation and demonstrations led by registered dietitians. No culinary experience is necessary!
  • Collaboration with the American Medical Student Association Wellness Committee at CWRU to create and identify wellness opportunities on campus and beyond. Examples include physical, outdoor, stress-relieving activities
  • student-led learning community tasked with identifying worthwhile research projects related to self and patient health improvement
  • Peer-to-peer mentoring training led by faculty expert to develop ability to help those in need
  • Conflict resolution, cultural diversity and advanced communication skills workshops led by experts in the field
  • Skill training to introduce and refine reflective writing, progressive relaxation techniques and behavior modification strategies
  • Emotional wellness sessions focused on an array of topics like mindfulness and meditation, how values impact vocation, building resilience and understanding trauma and loss
  • Physical activity, including:
    • Participation in any activity of your choosing
    • Structured activities
    • Understanding the physical activity guidelines for Americans
    • Learning how to include physical activity discussions as part of the total health assessment
    • Referrals to exercise specialists
    • Core competencies needed to include physical activity therapy plans for your patients

Who can apply?

Any first year student who has an interest in this pathway may apply. Open enrollment begins in August each year. 

How can students apply for 2019-2020?

Please submit your CV and a WORD DOCUMENT with your personal statement, (approximately 300- 750 words). The statement should reflect why you are interested in this Pathway and how you feel this Pathway will enhance your own wellness, medical training and future practice.  Be sure to include your NAME and EMAIL in the word document.

Enrollment period will begin July 17 and continue until the August 19, 2019 deadline.
Selections will be made on a rolling basis. Selected students will be notified by email within the week of applying.
Note: the Wellness Pathway sessions will start August 29, 4pm Thursday.

Students who are uncertain may notify us of their interest in ‘visiting’ the August 29 session before formally applying.

We look forward to your application!


Email your CV and personal statement to nutrition@case.edu.


Hope Barkoukis, PhD, RDN, LD, Chair, Nutrition Department
Faculty Lead-Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wellness & Preventive Care Pathway
Stephanie Harris, PhD, RDN, LD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Nutrition
Faculty Lead-Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Wellness & Preventive Care Pathway