“Al loved Cleveland Clinic. He always said that he couldn’t be a doctor. But what he could do with this program was really give back to humanity.”

– Norma Lerner, Cleveland Clinic Board of Directors and Distinguished Campaign Chair 

>> Our campus is home to the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, established in 2002 by Alfred and Norma Lerner. The curriculum — emphasizing team-based problem solving, laboratory-based discovery and group collaboration — prepares clinicians for a career in research and patient care. The students also take humanities and arts-based courses to develop virtues such as mindful reflection on what it means to be a doctor and awareness of the rich context of caregiving.

Our five-year program — one year longer than most medical schools — emphasizes self-directed learning. That extra year makes an enormous difference in the quality of doctors who graduate, allowing them to move into residency training programs at the country’s most prestigious academic medical centers, including Cleveland Clinic. Furthermore, the Class of 2013 received personal letters offering each of them a job at Cleveland Clinic after their training was completed. 

Generous donations make it possible for us to offer a full-tuition scholarship to each student and to be highly selective with the students we enroll. Each year, the Lerner College of Medicine receives nearly 1,700 applications for 32 available positions. 

Partnering for the Future of Medicine

>> In 2013, we forged two important partnerships:

  • We’re working with Case Western Reserve University to build a new medical education campus in the heart of our main location. Students from the Lerner College of Medicine and the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will learn at these facilities, which also are expected to become hubs for international medical education and faculty training.
  • We have an affiliation agreement with Ohio University and its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to open an extension campus of the medical school on our South Pointe Hospital campus in Warrensville Heights. Through this affiliation, Cleveland Clinic and Ohio University are addressing a serious shortage of primary care physicians in Ohio, particularly in underserved urban and rural areas.

Next Step for the Next Generation

>> Cleveland Clinic also offers extraordinary medical education for interns, residents and fellows. Ours is the fourth-largest graduate medical education program in the United States, training more than 800 residents, fellows and advanced fellows annually. Worldwide, nearly 9,000 Cleveland Clinic alumni are practicing medicine. And more than 96,000 medical professionals participate annually in Cleveland Clinic’s continuing medical education programs, with 10 percent attending from outside the United States.

Cleveland Clinic is committed to training the best and brightest caregivers of the future not only the science of medicine, but also the art of empathy — to ensure world-class healthcare for generations to come.

Cleveland Clinic also educates in the community. We collaborate with local colleges’ allied health education programs to offer clinical experience to students, and our high school summer internships provide unprecedented opportunities for students to learn from a world leader in medicine..


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