Students have the opportunity to compete for many awards, internal and external, ranging from the Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award to the Annual Abstract Poster Competition from the American College of Physicians. And awards are earned in various categories, from research and academic performance to leadership skills.

Grants & Patents

Grants & Patents

Grants help fund clinical investigation, and many of our students, who are studying to become physician investigators, have been awarded significant grants. Some of our students have also applied for and received patents.


  • Society for Investigative Dermatology, Increased Risk of Hospital Acquired Sacral Pressure Injuries in COVID-19 Patients
  • Assessment of Atrial Myocardial Viability Using Spectral Analysis of Ultrasound


  • Central Surgical Association, Comparing the Sugarbaker versus Keyhole Mesh Techniques for Open Retromuscular Parastomal Hernia Repair: A Registry-Based Randomized Controlled Trial


  • Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committees, Effect of a synthetic cannabinoid, nabilone, on postoperative pain after ureteroscopy for urinary calculi
  • American Academy of Neurology, Advancing the Therapeutic Benefit of Deep Brain Stimulation in Stroke Rehabilitation using a Physiologically-based Closed-Loop Approach
  • Cleveland Clinic Neurosciences, Advancing the Therapeutic Benefit of Deep Brain Stimulation in Stroke Rehabilitation using a Physiologically-based Closed-Loop Approach


  • HIV Medical Association, Root Cause Analysis of Misdiagnosis of HIV in the Emergency Department
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH), Immune modulation by cell cycle checkpoint kinase 1 (CHK1)inhibition in high-grade serous ovarian cancer


  • American Brain Tumor Association, Exploring the Role of Serpin B3 as a Cancer Stem Cell Maintenance Factor
  • Cleveland Clinic Research Program Committee, Invasive Endocarditis: Exploring the Role of Pressure, Pathogen, and Host Immune Response


  • American Society of Hematology, Parent and Clinician Perspectives of Transplantation as Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease
  • Autism Research Institute, Proteomic Studies of Autistic Brain
  • Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Multidisciplinary Study of Ascending Tissue Characteristics and Hemodynamics for the Development of Novel Aortic Stengrafts (MATADORS)
  • Cleveland Clinic Research Programs Council, Development and Validation of Models for Predicting Route of Childbirth and Readmission
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Grant, Predicting hypertension in pregnancy among women with polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Identification of Potential Genetic Drivers of Metabolic Heterogeneity and Altered Metabolic Utilization in Prostate Cancer
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Identifying Drivers of Chemoresistance in Group 3 Medulloblastoma through a Genome-wide CRISPR/Cas9 Activation s=Screen
  • National Psoriasis Foundation, The Role of the Skin and Gut Microbiome in the Pathogenesis of Psoriasis


Publishing clinical findings in peer-reviewed journals is a priority for our students. Not only does publishing earn academic recognition, but it is also the gold standard for sharing new medical knowledge with the world.

Abstracts, Posters, Oral Presentations

Abstracts, Posters, Oral Presentations

Presenting an abstract or a poster, or making an oral presentation demonstrates scientific achievement. Most often, these presentations are made at national medical conferences, allowing the students to earn additional academic recognition.

Teaching & Service

Teaching & Service

While it might sound surprising that a medical student would teach, our students are encouraged to share their knowledge with others. Teaching allows students to test their own understanding while giving others the benefit of their knowledge. Most often, our students help teach students who are studying to become physician assistants.

Our students also are encouraged to give back to the community through service. Many work in health clinics in underserved areas, and others participate in an annual medical mission to Peru.