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 216.445.7323 or

Apply Now for the 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.

2017 Conference Information

The 8th Annual Aspiring Physicians and Research Scientists Conference (APRSC) is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, May 24th, Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th, 2017 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 now. Application deadline is April 7, 2017.

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 7, 2017. Students selected to attend the conference will be notified of acceptance via email by April 17, 2017.

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 7, 2017.

Contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion via email at

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, resume critique, and the opportunity to network with minority professional organizations and 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 in collaboration with minority professional organizations.

Clinic Solutions will take place on November 8 – 10, 2017. Please sign up for email updates.

Pipeline to Professional Alumni Association

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.


  • Track participants of all Diversity Pipeline Programs
  • Report key outcomes
  • Provide networking and mentoring opportunities 
  • Attract/retain talent for Cleveland Clinic
  • Create engagement opportunities for alumni through workshops and events
  • Mentor-ship Program
  • Participation in service projects

If you are a current or past participant of the Aspiring Physicians and Research Scientists Conference, Charles R. Drew Saturday Academy, Clinic Solutions, or Young Business Leaders Summer Internship Program, please contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at