Student life at CCLCM is not an oxymoron: While our students are busy learning to become physician investigators, they round out their medical school experience with activities inside and outside the college.
Participating in Academic and Social Groups
Many students involve themselves in academic and social groups, from the Student National Medical Association to the Internal Medicine Special Interest Group.
Helping Those in Need
Working on the Community Health Initiative allows students to offer firsthand help to medically underserved people.
Exploring Creative Opportunities
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion is a tremendously important aspect of student life at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. The office of Diversity and Inclusion supports multicultural events to celebrate the richness of our student body. Monthly diversity dinners explore cultural heritages through culinary delights and student presentations on various ethnicities, races, religions, gender identities and more. In an informal setting, students learn to be sensitive to the care of patients from diverse backgrounds, celebrate differences and appreciate unique needs to achieve equity in healthcare.
As our Assistant Dean, Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Students, Monica Yepes-Rios, MD, works with the Office of the Dean to set strategic plans to maintain a diverse student body, a welcoming learning environment for all students, mentoring resources, an inclusive curriculum to represent diverse patient populations and culturally sensitive care towards achieving health equity.
As Associate Director, Diversity Equity and Inclusion for Students, Jazmine Oliver, MD (Class of 2012), is responsible for the recruitment of underrepresented minorities in medicine to enrich our student body. In addition, she works with current students to connect with mentors and career advisors, support students through medical school and with securing residency positions, and encourage student involvement in various enterprise and community activities. Dr. Oliver also supports Dr. Yepes-Rios in efforts to strengthen the inclusiveness of the curriculum for students and faculty.
Please contact our office at 216.444.2414 with any questions.
Amenities & Housing Accommodations
Health Education Campus
Teaching in the first two years occurs at Cleveland Clinic, in the Health Education Campus. In this location, students are close to the research labs, clinical space and offices of many of the faculty, as most of CCLCM's teaching faculty are Cleveland Clinic staff physicians and researchers.
Student LoungeHealthcare professional students have 24/7 access to a large, shared lounge on the fourth floor of the Health Education Campus. Amenities include:
- Kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators, and single-serve coffee machines
- Comfortable seating and tables for gathering
- Ping pong table
The Cleveland Clinic campus offers numerous dining options including a cafeteria and coffee bar in the Health Education Campus, where CCLCM is located. Subway, Panera and Starbucks have locations on Cleveland Clinic's main campus as well.
A variety of restaurants are also located in the neighborhoods surrounding CWRU and Cleveland Clinic.
The Walker Fitness Center on the Cleveland Clinic main campus offers a variety of amenities and activities at an affordable membership rate.
A variety of physical fitness amenities and activities, from swimming and Nautilus to squash and fencing, are available at CWRU free of charge.
A private athletic club, One To One Fitness Center, is also located on the CWRU campus on Adelbert Road.
Living in Northeast Ohio
Living in Northeast Ohio is better than ever, particularly if you’re a foodie. Cleveland is home to several top chef restaurants as well as numerous ethnic and independent establishments. A full menu of nightlife activities, major league sporting and cultural events, and recreational activities throughout the area enriches the lives of our students.
Cleveland Clinic and CWRU are close to University Circle, which offers a myriad of opportunities for living, culture, entertainment and dining. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Historical Society, Severance Hall (home of the Cleveland Orchestra), Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland Natural History Museum, Botanical Gardens and others are located here.
For housing options in Northeast Ohio, please visit:
Maintaining a school/life balance is crucial, and students have myriad opportunities to participate in community, social and school-related activities, including:
- Arts & Medicine Group at Cleveland Clinic
- Arts of Health Committee
- Basic Science Education Committee
- BLAST (teaching inner city elementary students about mental health)
- Cardiology Interest Group
- Case Medical Students for Choice Executive Board
- CCF Leadership Development for Women In Health Care Conference Committee
- CCLCM Admissions Committee
- CCLCM College Board of Student Representatives (CBSR)
- Christian Medical Dental Association
- Cleveland Clinic Concert Band
- Clinical Education Committee (CEC)
- Community Health Initiative (CHI)
- Doc Opera
- Ethics in Medicine
- Health Policy Interest Group
- HIV/AIDS Action Group
- Internal Medicine Interest Group
- Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Case Western
- Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men's Shelter
- Medical Book Club
- Ob/Gyn Interest Group
- PAMSA (Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association) Group
- Peru Health Outreach Project
- Students Interested in Neurological, Neurosurgical and Psychiatric Sciences (SINNAPS)
- Surgery Interest Group
- Women in Medicine
- Women In Need (WIN) Clinic
Many students are eager to get involved in medically-related organizations. Below is a list of many of these organizations that are available to you:
- American Academy of Neurology
- American College of Physicians
- American College of Surgeons
- American Medical Association (AMA)
- American Medical Student Association (AMSA)
- Christian Medical Dental Association
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA)
- Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
- Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Stethos Medical Humanities Journal
Since 2011, Stethos — our journal highlighting humanities works by our students — has provided an outlet for creative reflection and a chance to connect through writing, poetry, images and photography.