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.


Please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at

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 will provide students the opportunity to showcase research while competing for scholarship dollars.

2020 Conference Information

The 11th Annual Aspiring Physicians and Research Scientists Conference (APRSC) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 20, Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22, 2020 at Cleveland Clinic.

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.

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 HERE now. Application deadline is April 10, 2020.

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. Students must submit an online application including a 350 word essay by Friday, April 10, 2020. Students selected to attend the conference will be notified of acceptance via email by April 17, 2020.

Abstract Poster Competition

Research students interested in participating in the abstract poster scholarship competition must submit an abstract of their work via the online application or email to by Friday, April 10, 2020.

Download the abstract poster guidelines.

Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion via email at

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