Case Western Reserve University Linkage Program

About Case Western Reserve University

Since 1843, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU SOM), based in Cleveland, Ohio, has been dedicated to enhancing human health as a leader and innovator in the fields of medical education and biomedical research. Building upon this proud history, their mission is threefold: providing excellence in medical education, advancing discoveries from their laboratories to patients, and improving the health of their community.

Why Choose the Linkage Program with CWRU?

The University Program of the CWRU School of Medicine provides a world-class education in a supportive and collaborative environment. The four-year curriculum emphasizes the interplay between the biology of disease and the social and behavioral context of illness, with public health themes woven throughout.

The first two years of the curriculum are taught with a combination of team-based learning and lecture, and are graded on an entirely pass/fail basis. The curriculum also includes a dedicated four month research block that enables students to engage in intellectual discovery and exploration through a variety of different medical and medically-related fields.

CWRU SOM is affiliated with four large and nationally/internationally recognized hospital systems, which provide their medical students with unparalleled clinical and research opportunities. University College at Washington University is the first post-baccalaureate program to link with CWRU SOM.

Linkage Program Requirements

Grade Point Average

  • WashU Post-baccalaureate Premed GPA: 3.8 or better
  • Combined GPA for Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Premed studies: 3.6

MCAT

Students who are accepted to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine through this linkage program are not required to take the MCAT and save time by skipping the glide year.

Linkage Process

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a linkage program?
Students who are accepted to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine through this linkage program do not take the MCAT and save time by skipping the glide year. Since MCAT preparation usually demands a significant amount of time, CWRU expects that students will invest a comparable amount of time in a substantial service or research project instead.

What is the timeline for applying to the linkage program?
Students complete one year of course work in the post-baccalaureate premedical program and then apply to the linkage the following August. Applicants are evaluated while completing their second year of course work. Admitted students will matriculate into medical school for the summer semester immediately following completion of the post-baccalaureate program.

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