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Benefits & Resources

Cleveland Clinic appreciates its Alumni and the service they have provided the organization as physicians. For that reason, Cleveland Clinic is dedicated to servicing its former trainees in any way that it can by providing Alumni with ample resources, offerings and online services.

Resources

Online Community

Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association makes it easier than ever to connect with your former colleagues. By creating and maintaining your own personal profile, you are able to:

  • Manage your profile Update your contact and practice information so that it can be used for patient referrals
  • Register for events RSVP to medical receptions and reunions, and navigate to CME course registration
  • Post job openings Post open opportunities at your practice for your fellow alumni to apply; or apply for open opportunities that are of interest to you
  • Share updates Send the Alumni Office stories about your "Memorable Moment" at Cleveland Clinic or updates about you, your career, or your family for possible inclusion in upcoming newsletters
  • Receive news View the most up-to-date alumni news via Alumni Connection and email communications

To create your profile*, use the login box in the top right-hand corner of Cleveland Clinic's Alumni webpage. First-time users can register with their name and date of birth (a Constituent ID number is no longer needed).

*Note: Profile creation is limited to Cleveland Clinic-trained physicians only.

Career Development

Education, patient care and innovation is of the utmost importance to Cleveland Clinic. Whether you have completed your training or not, it is important to reflect on the idea that education is a journey - there is always more to learn. To learn more about Career Development through training at Cleveland Clinic, visit the websites listed below.

MyConsult®

The MyConsult® online medical second opinion service connects patients to Cleveland Clinic's expertise for over 1,100 life-threatening and life-changing diagnoses. Following a thorough review of medical records and diagnostic tests, Cleveland Clinic physician experts render a medical second opinion that includes treatment options or alternatives, as well as recommendations regarding future therapeutic considerations. In addition to second opinions for medical conditions, MyConsult® also offers Nutrition Consultations and international Pre-Adoption Consultations.

MyPractice Community(SM)

MyPractice Community(SM) is an electronic medical record system designed specifically to meet the needs of the busy private practice physician. It is the customized extension of the same system used in all Cleveland Clinic facilities, and is ONC-ATB certified. An Internet-based system, MyPractice Community(SM) allows physicians secure access to their entire medical practice anytime, anywhere.

DrConnect

DrConnect is an Internet-based service specially developed to streamline the coordination of care for patients referred to Cleveland Clinic. This free service allows our physician colleagues and their staff access to their patients' electronic medical records and provides real-time updates regarding the treatment their patients receive.

Discounts

Alumni Library

Alumni are welcome to visit Cleveland Clinic's Alumni Library in person and utilize computers to access all electronic resources. Library staff is on hand to complete literature searches, and provide copies of articles from print journals. The Alumni Office offers parking validation to Alumni who visit the library. For details, please email alumni@ccf.org.

Cleveland Clinic Fitness Center passes

W.O. Walker Building passes are available to Alumni for a nominal charge, $360/year. Please call the Fitness Center for additional information at 216.444.8765.

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine

Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine is available at a discounted annual printed subscription rate of $60. CCJM is also available online free of charge. Alumni who are practicing internists, cardiologists, nephrologists, endocrinologists, or diabetologists and who are not located on Cleveland Clinic's campus are eligible for free subscriptions. For subscription requests, please call 216.444.2661 or email ccjm@ccf.org.

Current and archived editions of Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine are available at www.ccjm.org.

Critical Care Transport

As an integral part of Cleveland Clinic's network, we would like to offer you 10% off Global CARE (Critical Care Air Rescue and Evacuation) - Cleveland Clinic's premier air medical evacuation membership.

When traveling on business or vacationing around the globe, one phone call can bring Cleveland Clinic care to you anytime, anywhere. And they can transport you to any medical facility of your choice. It's easy - and it's affordable.

With Global CARE, if you become hospitalized more than 150 miles from home and cannot travel commercially, Cleveland Clinic's Critical Care Transport team will:

  • Fly you to any medical facility of your choice, including Cleveland Clinic. Most travel insurance plans get you to the "nearest appropriate facility", giving you no control over the destination or more importantly, the quality of your care that you will receive.
  • Provide you the expertise of a Cleveland Clinic physician or acute care nurse practitioner to care for you in-flight, in addition to other critical care nurses and paramedics.
  • Provide transport anytime, day or night, 365 days a year*. Each year, we complete more than 4,500 medical transports from across the country and around the world.

Emergency medical air transport can cost up to $200,000 and often is not covered by traditional health insurance. But Global CARE coverage costs a fraction of that: $400 per year for individuals or $600 per year for families. And the cost is even less for you. All Cleveland Clinic alumni qualify for a 10 percent discount.

Get Global CARE and get peace of mind knowing that Cleveland Clinic can be on the way as soon as you call.

Enrolling is easy.

Get the 10 percent discount online by using the code "CCALUMNI" or reference the code when you call.

*Please note due to foreign regulations and approval, additional time may be required for an international transport.

Guardian Life Insurance

Guardian Life Insurance Company is offering a 10 percent permanent discount on all fully-underwritten disability income insurance to Cleveland Clinic physicians.

Eligible for the discount:

  • Cleveland Clinic residents and fellows in training (discount continues after completion of training
  • Cleveland Clinic alumni residing in the U.S. or Canada
  • Cleveland Clinic staff physicians at all Cleveland Clinic U.S. and Canada locations
  • Medical students enrolled at Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine (discount continues after completion of training)

To learn more about the plan, please contact:

Amy P. Dickenson
Office: 440.505.6007
Cell: 216.375.2437
Email: amy@dickensoninsurance.com

Rory Bixel Lough
Office: 440.974.4040
Cell: 440.567.8949
Email: rory@thebixelorganization.com

Hotel Discount Rates

Discounts available to Alumni, Employees, Patients and Consultants staying in Cleveland, Florida and the Las Vegas areas. For discount and hotel information for Cleveland Clinic Campus areas, please call Cleveland Clinic's travel office at 216.636.7277. For discount hotel information for non-campus destinations, please contact our trusted travel source, American Express (AMEX), at 216.444.2564.

Alumni Innovation Initiative: An invitation to Share Your Creativity and Success with Cleveland Clinic

Thomas J. Graham, MD
Chief Innovation Officer & Justice Family Chair in Medical Innovation
Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Cleveland, Clinic

Introduction

As distinguished alumni of the Lerner College of Medicine or a postgraduate training program at Cleveland Clinic, you have already been exposed to one of the worlds most recognized and decorated innovation cultures. To achieve your level of accomplishment you have had to demonstrate considerable creativity, expertise and vision. These are the same attributes that have permitted many of our colleagues to add an additional dimension to their professional sphere and a new title to their curriculum vitae - "inventor."

For over nine decades, Cleveland Clinic has been a leader in developing techniques and technologies that have improved and extended human life. We are all aware of the contributions made by Cleveland Clinic physicians and scientists in the areas like cardiac care, dialysis, transplant surgery and orthopaedic device development. For nearly, 15 years, Cleveland Clinic Innovations (CCI) has provided the infrastructure and expertise to develop and commercialize the transcendent thought of Cleveland Clinic Staff.

In the last three years, we recognized that this unique competency was scalable and transferable; you may have heard of the Global Healthcare Innovation Alliance, through which CCI assists other academic medical centers and research universities to create their own innovation culture and afford their innovators access to our mature process. The success of that program informed us that we had identified yet another distinguishing characteristic of our great institution.

There is no more important group for whom Cleveland Clinic Innovations should extend their services than the alumni who contributed so profoundly to the Clinic's legacy and expand our identity by representing us all over the world. We now have architected the echo ism by which all alumni of Cleveland Clinic can benefit from the industry-leading capability of CCI, resulting in enhancement of your ability to help patients, as well as realize the personal and professional fulfillment that accompanies inventorship.

How Cleveland Clinic Alumni Can Participate in the Innovation Ecosystem

The success delivering contemporary solutions to some of the most challenging problems in healthcare has distinguished our institution, our inventors and our commercialization function. By almost any objective or subjective measure, CCI is the world leader in "putting ideas to work in healthcare"; this level of mastery has allowed us to extend our capability to other institutions who strive to develop a culture of innovation.

Today, in addition to maintaining the commercialization infrastructure for all 44,000 caregivers of Cleveland Clinic, CCI assist some of the nation's largest academic medical centers and research universities in bringing their solutions to some of modern healthcare's more pressing problems to the commercial marketplace. It was a logical and natural evolution of CCI's growth to extend advantaged access to these services to Cleveland Clinic's valued alumni. We have worked vigorously to architect and optimize a process by which the IP of our alumni can be exchanged and developed through the CCI commercialization infrastructure.

Cleveland Clinic & Alumni Inventors: Sharing Success

At CCI, we are all innovators, and our staff has dozens of patents of their own. We understand the inventor perspective, and also appreciate that the concepts and nuances associated with the commercialization process are unfamiliar to most of our inventors initially.

That's why we are here to facilitate your involvement and maximize your success at every step. Our experience tells us that there are a few issues and inflection points in which all inventors maintain keen interest, regardless of their depth of exposure to patents, licenses, or company creation. We've organized our Frequently Asked Questions to bring everyone up to speed on some of these critical topics:

If I work with CCI, who controls my IP?
One of the most challenging concepts to describe to a nascent inventor is that of IP control or ownership. For example, you may not be aware that all Staff at Cleveland Clinic abide by the policy stating that the Institution owns our intellectual property related to or associated with the conduct or healthcare or discovery science.

To some, this may seem draconian and unfair to the creative people who are both toiling to help patients directly and solve tomorrow's problems with creative thinking. Frankly, this treatment of IP in the academy, and most of industry, is "standard operating procedure." The reason why so many of your colleagues have engaged in innovation and have enjoyed such personal and professional success as a result is because of the generous inventor distribution policies the Clinic has always maintained; this is a topic for later description.

Regarding control of IP, the process dictates that IP brought to CCI from outside inventors is optimally managed when its rights are assigned to us. If the preliminary assessment of your IP indicates a high degree of commercial promise, we shall require the assignment of your IP to Cleveland Clinic.

What are the ways I can transfer ownership of my IP to Cleveland Clinic so it can be access the CCI process?
There two basic mechanisms by which ownership of IP can be transferred to Cleveland Clinic: 1) Outright legal assignment and 2) Philanthropic donation.

Recently, creative inventor-benefactors collaborated with Cleveland Clinic to introduce a new chapter in commercialization and philanthropy - the donation of IP. The donation can take two forms: 1) Direct donation without expectation of return and 2) "Venture Philanthropy," the donation of IP with the possibility of sharing in commercialization success after certain thresholds or milestones are reached.

The specific conditions and implications of each of these models can be described in detail to our innovative alumni who seek to engage CCI in the development of their IP. However, one admonition guides those of us in this business, "It's better to owner a smaller percentage of something successful rather than all of an unsuccessful endeavor."

What are my costs associated with the commercialization process?
Taking an idea from the "napkin stage" to the marketplace can be an arduous and expensive process. That is why the advent of what has become Cleveland Clinic Innovations started when individual innovators could not advance their own patent portfolio with their personal resources and elected to partner with the Clinic to share in the expense and eventual revenue.

Whether you are a current Staff member or an alumni-inventor, you will not be asked to personally fund ongoing commercialization effort performed through the CCI model.

How do we determine revenue distribution upon commercial success?
Cleveland Clinic has long-maintained one of the most generous inventor distribution policies in all of academic healthcare, with our inventors while returning over $65M to our clinicians, scientists and executives has distinguished Cleveland Clinic Innovations as a leader in benefitting inventors and investors.

Cleveland Clinic policies describe a specific formula for net revenue distribution from either royalty-bearing licenses or the sale of entire spin-out companies. There has never been either a threshold limitation in dollars or a temporal deadline. In developing the Alumni Innovation Initiative, we not only intended to extend the same services to our graduates, but also to recognize that Cleveland Clinic may not have otherwise accessed these creative, commercially-viable advancements. For this reason, the net distribution to our alumni inventors will be a minimum of 40% of net proceeds from commercialization.

Challenges

Not unlike the discipline and dedication each of you has directed to make your practice or laboratory successful, we have experienced commercialization professionals who are seasoned technology transfer officers. Innovation is inherently challenging and requires deep domain expertise, market intelligence and transactional facility.

Success is never assured, but we strongly believe that one of the world's foremost innovation cultures that have concentrated its efforts to spawn the recognized leader in health science commercialization maximizes your chance for a positive outcome.

Why

To my knowledge, there is no person or organization that doesn't want to be considered "innovative." There an almost infinite number of ways to express creativity, but the one accepted currency that is universally recognized to define the innovative mind is the development of a patented invention. The challenge that limits creative contribution for most of us is not a limited knowledge or experience in our chosen field, it's the time and resources we can dedicate to take our ideas from bedside, or laboratory bench, to the marketplace.

The benefits of inventorship are many and start with the main reason we all dedicated our lives to healing the sick. By design, when we are engaged in clinical practice or research we are entrusted with the care of another human being - there is no greater calling, and thus it demands our full attention.

Innovation is the unique tool that allows us to expand ourselves. While we direct our full attention to the patient in our office, the implant or drug we developed May be helping dozens of patients around the world.

There are other reasons to engage in innovation: to satiate innate inquisitiveness ("innovation for innovation's sake"), professional standing and, of course, remuneration. All of these are valid, but will likely never equate to the solemn satisfaction one gets when they know that something that came from their brain is now in their hands, and the hands of others, improving the lives of others.