This is a tremendously exciting time to enter into medicine thanks to the molecular/scientific revolution, new insights into statistics and epidemiology, and the electronic information explosion.
At Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we have a long tradition of excellence and innovation in medical education and biomedical research. We continue to stay ahead of the times with our newly revised medical curriculum. The Western Reserve2 curriculum, initiated in the University Program with the Class of 2010, emphasizes themes of scholarship, civic professionalism and leadership right from the start and is taught in parallel with the basic sciences that underpin medical practice. The new curricular requirements also stress the generation of original knowledge, because the physician best able to evaluate new advances in medicine is one who has conducted research. Our College Program focuses on this idea of original research and most students in this program obtain a M.S. degree in addition to the M.D. In addition, we are proud to offer a robust clinical training environment which gives our students a diverse experience and an opportunity to rotate among all major teaching hospitals in Cleveland. Most importantly, WR2 requires students to be responsible for their own learning, which creates habits of lifelong learning and equips them with the tools to access and evaluate new information.
The School's greatest asset is our dedicated faculty who continuously evaluates and improves our curriculum. Beyond their skilled teaching abilities, our professors excel in biomedical research and offer students the chance to work side by side with them. Their goal is to develop our students into colleagues, and we are proud of our current students and of our graduates who now are practicing medicine.
At the School of Medicine, our mission is to educate future physicians who will care for patients with competence, creativity and compassion, in a setting that fosters collegiality, leadership, and excellence in scholarship and research. Ultimately, we aim to improve human health and alleviate disease at the individual, community and international level.
Medical education is a never-ending, marvelous adventure, and we hope you will share it with us.
Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean and Vice President for Medical Affairs