About the College
In 2002, the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine was established with a $100 million gift from Al and Norma Lerner. The Lerner College is a partnership between Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, offering an innovative medical school program with a mission to train physician-investigators.
The first class of students was enrolled in 2004.
Every aspect of Lerner College is focused on training physician-investigators, from admissions criteria and supportive financial aid, to curriculum design and student assessment. Students develop the skills of self-directed learning critical for success as both a physician and an investigator.
In 2008, Cleveland Clinic demonstrated further commitment to this concept by granting full academic scholarships to cover the cost of tuition for all Lerner College students.
The mission of the CCLCM is "to educate a limited number of highly qualified persons who seek to become physician investigators and scientists committed to the advancement of biomedical research and clinical practice."
Our goal for students is to foster a passion for scientific inquiry and skills for critical thinking coupled with broad-based clinical expertise that will optimally position the M.D. graduate to pursue a career as a physician investigator.
CCLCM students become an important partner in achieving the mission of the Cleveland Clinic; patient care, education of those who serve the public, and research into patients problems.
Relationship with Case Western Reserve University
Using computers and the Web efficiently has become a critical skill for physicians and researchers. Technology is used in almost every task that a physician-researcher is required to do; such as looking up evidence for treating patients, finding articles for research, managing and analyzing data, presenting and disseminating information, communicating with colleagues and patients, placing orders and documenting in patient medical records. At the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, we believe that integrating technology appropriately into education, learning, research and patient care throughout the 5 years of training will help prepare our students for the world of tomorrow. With this in mind we are committed to providing our students all the appropriate tools and creating the right environment for them to develop a high level of comfort and confidence in the use of technology for everyday tasks.
Every July matriculating students are presented with a new laptop computer by the CCLCM. The computers are maintained by the CCLCM throughout the 5 years that the students are here and the students get to keep them on graduation. To make the task of support and maintenance easier the entire class gets the same make and model and operating system. The laptop computers are not locked down i.e. the students have administrative privileges on the computers.
For the Class of 2017, the computers are the HP2760p (Windows 7 Professional).
The computers are loaded with Microsoft Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat and anti-virus and anti-spyware software and also have links to useful resources added to the browser favorites. In addition students get free access to software downloads from the CWRU software center.
All rooms used for education in the CCLCM (Lerner Building) have wired and wireless network access. This provides access to the Local Area Network, the Cleveland Clinic Intranet as well as the World Wide Web. Since the access to the LAN also enables users to access the electronic health records, employee benefits and other sensitive information, the LAN is protected by a firewall. Student's laptops are set up with a Wi Fi access that allows access to the LAN while on campus. In addition student's laptops have VPN software that allows them with the help of a Secure ID card to tunnel through the firewall from off campus. While this policy safeguards sensitive and private information, it does mean that a Secure ID card (provided at no cost) is required to access the Cleveland Clinic e-mail accounts from off campus.
The LAN also gives access to the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Library Resources. Users with Library Accounts can access most of the resources (UpToDate being the notable exception) from off campus (without a Secure ID card). Students also have access to the resources at the CWRU Cleveland Health Sciences Library. Students receive CWRU network IDs and on activation of their accounts, access to CWRU e-mail and CWRU networks. CWRU network access from off campus does not require Secure ID cards.
In addition to the secured WiFi with access to the LAN, the Lerner Building also provides free unsecured public Wi-Fi access to the WWW. This Public Wi-Fi does not allow access to the LAN or Intranet without a Secure ID card.
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine: May Class 2011
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