Resources for Students

Cleveland Clinic’s diversity pipeline programs are designed to engage talented college students interested in future careers within the healthcare industry. Through our STEMM programs, participants gain team-based experiential learning, problem-solving expertise, professional etiquette skills, career information and coaching/mentoring from medical and business professionals. Our goal is to foster the continuing education and development of talent and to present Cleveland Clinic as a great place to work and grow.


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Aspiring Physicians & Research Scientists Conference

As an initiative of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Aspiring Physicians & Research Scientists Conference is a two-and-a-half day enhancement program to empower, inspire, and engage undergraduate students from HBCUs, HACUs, and colleges/universities in Northeast Ohio. It is designed to increase representation of American Indian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander physicians, research scientists, physician investigators and physician leaders.

Conference programming is specifically tailored to support participants’ professional development and knowledge of science, innovation, and world-class care. Students will learn tips for applying to medical school, creating a personal brand, and achieving success in healthcare. The abstract poster competition provides students the opportunity to showcase research while competing for scholarship dollars.

The 10th Annual Aspiring Physicians and Research Scientists Conference (APRSC) is scheduled to take place on in May 2019. During the conference, Cleveland Clinic physician and research scientist-led presentations and coaching sessions provide attendees a unique opportunity to interface with our world renowned staff. The conference itinerary is comprised of presentations to support personal and professional development, matriculation to medical or graduate school, and successful transition to a STEMM career.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, currently enrolled in a 4-year college/university (or a recent graduate), and interested in pursuing a career as a physician or researcher. Travel awards are available for out of state applicants. Accommodations for the duration of the conference are provided to all selected attendees at no cost.

Apply Now for 2018 Clinic Solutions - Mini Case Competition

Clinic Solutions is a think tank session for undergraduate and graduate/professional students. It is designed to foster innovation and exchange information on challenges and opportunities in healthcare that specifically impacts Cleveland Clinic.

Key elements of the two-and-a-half day session include a business case competition, professional development presentation, resume critique, and networking opportunities with Cleveland Clinic leadership.

Cleveland Clinic Solutions is an opportunity for African American and Hispanic/Latino students to compete for scholarship dollars that are awarded after two rounds of judging. The session is directed by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and Strategy Office in collaboration with minority professional organizations.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate/professional program, in good academic standing and majoring in business, urban studies, finance, marketing, public, health, healthcare administration, psychology, or related fields.

Clinic Solutions will take place on Wednesday, November 7th through Friday, November 9th.  During the competition, students are required to attend on-site sessions during the following dates/times*

  • Wednesday, November 7 from 2:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Friday, November 9 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*If there is a conflict due to exams or school-related obligations, please consult with program managers to determine eligibility of participation in the case competition.

The case and competition guidelines will be sent to selected participants one week prior the competition. Upon arrival to the competition, students are assigned teams and a Cleveland Clinic coach to help facilitate brainstorming and provide strategic guidance to solving the case. 

The team presentation via PowerPoint will be evaluated on, but not limited to, innovation, team synergy, ability to convey ideas, and viability of the proposal.  There will be two rounds of judging and three teams will advance to the final round of judging. Scholarship dollars are awarded to teams who place 1st and 2nd runner up.

Scholarship Awards

  • First Place Team: $10,000
  • Second Place/Runner up: $5,000

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Diversity Pipeline Talent Management 

Join the job interest community for individuals who have participated in Cleveland Clinic's diversity pipeline programs or relationship-building activities with Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) hosted by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Pipeline to Professional Alumni Association (PPAA)

The PPAA serves as a connector that impacts and engages current and past participants of Diversity Pipeline Programs while fostering, maintaining and supporting a mutually beneficial relationship between its alumni and Cleveland Clinic to attract, develop, and retain talent.

  • Aspiring Physicians & Research Scientists Conference
  • Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy
  • Clinic Solutions
  • Young Business Leaders Summer Internship Program

HBCU & HSI Colleges & Universities

Individuals who have connected with Cleveland Clinic representatives on campus, via online systems such as Handshake or NACHE or referred by college faculty & staff from one of the following schools: 

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Florida International University
  • Hampton University
  • Howard University
  • Morgan State University
  • Morehouse College
  • Spelman College
  • Texas A&M at Corpus Christi
  • Tuskegee University
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of Houston
  • Xavier University of Louisiana