Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

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Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University (CCLCM)
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Established 2002
Type Private
Dean James A. Young, MD
Academic staff
Students 160 (5-year program)
Location Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Campus Urban
Website CCLCM

The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine was established in 2002 with a $100 million gift from Norma and Al Lerner and through a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University. The first class of students was enrolled in 2004.

The Lerner College offers a five-year program with the goal of training physician-scientists. The 3rd or 4th year is spent doing full-time research, and a thesis is required for graduation.

On May 14, 2008, Cleveland Clinic announced that all students entering the program would receive full tuition scholarships.[1]


The Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine is located within the Education Institute on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic. Cleveland Clinic has ranked consistently as one of the top hospitals in the country,[2] with 9 specialties ranking in the top five in the country, and 14 in the top 10.[3]

The Lerner College of Medicine's MCAT score for the applying class of 2011 was the fourth highest in the nation, and the school fielded 1,745 applications for 32 positions.[3]

In 2012, 76% of graduates were matched to hospitals ranked in the Top 13 of the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll Hospitals or within US News Top-10 specialty-specific rankings for their chosen field.[4]

From 2006 through 2013, the school has produced 43 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Scholars and Fellows, including 2 students in the inaugural class.[5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

In 2012, a research-driven collaboration between IBM and the Lerner College of Medicine was announced to integrate IBM supercomputer Watson into the medical school environment. The computer is intended to interact with medical students on case-based problem solving. The Lerner College of Medicine was chosen for the collaboration because of its primarily case-based learning environment.[13]


  • The class size each year is 32 students.
  • A featured problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum, where small groups of students reinforce and learn concepts by examining medical cases and presenting concepts essential to understanding the case. Unlike traditional teaching methods that use a faculty-driven lecture format, PBL is student-centered and student-driven with active participation from each student in a PBL group, which includes eight medical students and one faculty facilitator.
  • Clinical experience. Students are paired with a primary care physician during the first two years. First years have biweekly clinic and second years weekly clinic. Before starting on the wards in the 3rd years students will have already conducted over 100 patient interviews and physical exams.
  • Portfolio assessments. There are no grades or comprehensive examinations. Rather students use feedback as evidence of their progress in educational portfolios. This feedback comes from both peer and faculty, allowing students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses as compared to defined performance standards. There are weekly content assessments which consist of multiple choice and essay questions, but these are not assigned formal grades.

Notable past and present faculty[edit]

  • Shuvo Roy, Inventor of Artificial kidney
  • Steven Nissen – Cardiologist and one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People[14]
  • Michael Roizen – Anesthesiologist and New York Times Bestselling Author
  • Maria Siemionow – Plastic surgeon and leader of the team performing the world's most complete and America's first face transplant
  • Elias Traboulsi – Discovered first gene linked to macular degeneration
  • Qing K. Wang – Discovered first gene linked to development of coronary artery disease
  • Eric Topol – Named Doctor of the Decade by the Institute of Scientific Information for being one of the top 10 most cited medical researchers
  • Richard Drake – Writer of Gray's Anatomy for Students
  • Lars Georg Svensson – Cardiac surgeon and leader in aortic valve surgery


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