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About the School

One of the Top 25 Medical Schools*

  • 56 academic departments
  • 12th in the country for Biomedical Engineering*
  • 12th in the country for Family Medicine and Community Health*
  • 14th in the country for Pediatrics*
  • More than 6,000 applications in the 2012-13 academic year
  • 823 medical students enrolled in the fall of 2013
  • 97% pass rate for Step 1 of the USMLE
  • 4 major affiliations with top hospitals including:
    • Cleveland Clinic
    • Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
    • MetroHealth Medical Center
    • University Hospitals Case Medical Center (primary affiliate)

The Largest Medical Research Institution in Ohio

  • Nearly 5,000 faculty members
  • 823 medical students, including
    • 82 MD/PhD students
    • 81 students in dual MD/PhD programs
    • 159 students in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve
  • 620 full-time faculty members working on National Institute of Health research grants
  • 595 NIH-funded studies
  • $243,512,609 of total NIH annual research funds granted to the School of Medicine in 2013
  • 420 investigators leading NIH grants
  • 79 investigators leading sub-awards

*Rankings according to U.S. News & World Report 2014

Historical Highlights

  • In 1843, five faculty members and sixty-seven students began the first medical lectures at the Medical Department of Western Reserve College (also known as the Cleveland Medical College).
  • In 1852, the medical school became the second allopathic medical school to graduate a woman, Nancy Talbot Clarke.
  • Six of the first seven women in the United States to receive medical degrees from recognized allopathic medical schools graduated from Western Reserve University (as it was called then) between 1850 and 1856.
  • The School of Medicine was one of the first in the country to employ instructors devoted to full-time teaching and research.
  • In 1896, the first affiliation agreement was approved between Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland (Lakeside Hospital).
  • The Western Reserve University School of Medicine revolutionized medical education in 1952 with the most progressive curriculum in the country which integrated the basic and clinical sciences.
  • In 2002, the School of Medicine became only the third medical school in history to receive the best review possible from the Liaison Committee on National Education, the national body responsible for accrediting the medical schools.
  • In 2006, the School of Medicine's University Program instituted a new integrated curriculum of medicine and public health awareness, which emphasizes both the biology of disease and social and behavioral context of illness.

Medical Firsts

  • 1905 Development of the modern technique for human blood transfusion using a cannula to connect
    blood vessels by surgeon George Crile
  • 1912 Pioneering the process of chlorinating drinking water by Professor Roger Perkins
  • 1915 First simulated milk formula for infants, by alumnus and pediatrics professor Henry Gerstenberger
  • 1927 Discovery of the cause of ptomaine food poisoning and development of an antiserum by
    immunologist Enrique Ecker and colleagues
  • 1935 First surgical treatment of coronary artery disease by Professor Claude Beck
  • 1950s Development of the first heart-lung machine for use in open heart surgeries by Professor
    Frederick Cross
  • 1961 First successful genetic alteration of human cells in a test tube by Professor Austin Weisburger
  • 1969 William Insull, M.D., describes the role of cholesterol in blood vessel disease
  • 1975 Discovery that human rennin, an enzyme produced by the kidney, is involved in hypertension
  • 1990 Discovery of the gene for osteoarthritis by a national team led by rheumatologist Roland Moskowitz
  • 1991 First triple organ transplant in Ohio-a kidney, liver and pancreas-by James A. Schulak, M.D., and colleagues
  • 1997 Creation of the world's first artificial human chromosome by a team led by Professor Huntington Willard

Additional medical firsts include:

  • First large-scale medical research project on humans in a study linking iodine with goiter prevention
  • Discovery of early treatment of strep throat infections to prevent rheumatic fever
  • Discovery of the Hageman factor in blood clotting, a major discovery in blood coagulation research
  • First description of how staphylococcus infections were transmitted, leading to required hand-washing between patients in infant nurseries
  • First description of what was later named Reye's syndrome
  • Research leading to FDA approval of clozapine, the most advanced treatment for schizophrenia at the time
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