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Doctor of Medicine (MD) – University Program

About the Program

Our four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) University Program is Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine's oldest and largest program. At the #25 medical school for research, according to U.S. News & World Report, we train well-rounded physicians through a program built on four educational cornerstones: clinical mastery, research and scholarship, leadership, and civic professionalism. Our students affect positive change by treating disease, promoting health, and understanding the social and behavioral context of illness. And they go on to become premier physicians and leaders in the healthcare field.

What to Expect

During your four years at Case Western Reserve, you'll study in our state-of-the-future Health Education Campus with Cleveland Clinic, where you'll learn alongside nursing, dental and physician assistant students. This approach, called interprofessional education, is a hallmark of our MD program—preparing you for the team-based health care you'll practice in the real world.

That same level of innovation translates to our courses. Our Western Reserve2 Curriculum is a learner-centered and self-directed framework that fosters scientific inquiry and excitement.

For your first two years, you’ll be a part of an InQuiry (IQ) team—a small, student-centric learning group that uses elaborate patient cases and discussion to learn, retain, synthesize and integrate knowledge. Years three and four are predominantly dedicated to clinical training and research.

The program as a whole combines independent study with group practice so you can become an effective physician-scholar upon graduation, ready to create a lasting impact in the medical community and beyond. 

The clinical education here is top notch and I legitimately can’t think of another medical school with such a breadth of opportunities and experiences that range from extremely technical, bleeding-edge procedures all the way to community-based primary care in a safety-net hospital system. I'd rank it top three in the country in this metric easily.
I love the IQ curriculum and how it made us truly understand a topic by teaching our peers. This is an amazing way to learn and I wish more schools did this.

Beyond the Classroom

You’ll practice the skills you learn in the classroom through a mix of real-world patient interaction as well as high-touch technology experiences, such as the Mt. Sinai Skills and Simulation Center, which offers lifelike models for continued practice. 

Through volunteer opportunities in places such as our Student Run Health Clinic, you’ll care for patients in our community as part of a collaborative team of other CWRU health profession students. 

And you’ll gain critical field experience in our health care hub of Cleveland, Ohio, with learning and clinical experiences at nearby hospitals including Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth Medical Center, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, and University Hospitals. 

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Admissions Requirements

Our program thrives when we have students with diverse perspectives and a range of educational, professional and life experiences. We look forward to learning more about you!

The application process requires:

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