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Mentoring is Key

The Physician Diversity Scholars Program is an integral and innovative component of Cleveland Clinic’s medical education efforts. It reflects a collaboration between Cleveland Clinic and Heritage College, Cleveland, aimed at providing favorable opportunities and enriched learning experiences for driven minority medical students.

Mentorships with Cleveland Clinic physicians are the backbone of the program. With ongoing support from their mentor physicians, scholars will learn to apply their medical knowledge both inside and outside the hospital.

The mentor/scholar relationship will evolve to fit the student’s maturation in the program, from planned gatherings and one-on-one engagements to clinical rotations within Cleveland Clinic health system. Scholars will also be able to give back through volunteer and community engagement opportunities. 

Physician Diversity Scholars Program participants will have the opportunity to cultivate valuable, lifelong relationships with Cleveland Clinic physicians in a clinical setting. These relationships will prove beneficial as scholars develop their career goals throughout medical school and begin to apply for residency programs. Scholars are encouraged to make the most of every opportunity to explore residency options available within Cleveland Clinic and engage with Cleveland Clinic physicians.

Active scholars will receive an annual stipend and are eligible for any potential scholarships.

Scholar and Program Goals

The Cleveland Clinic Physician Diversity Scholars Program has ambitious goals, for both participating students – to ensure they have the best possible experience and make the most of the opportunity – and the program itself.

Scholar goals

  • Cultivation of a mutually beneficial relationship with the scholar’s assigned mentor physician
  • Participation in service opportunities and/or professional organization activities
  • Exposure to and understanding of Cleveland Clinic health system
  • Support to prepare students to match in high-quality residencies
  • Have clinical experiences at Cleveland Clinic hospitals and family health centers

Program goals

  • Enhanced quality of health care and better access to quality health care for underrepresented minority populations in northeast Ohio
  • Increased presence and retention of underrepresented minority physicians providing care in northeast Ohio communities
  • More physician diversity within Cleveland Clinic health system
  • Additional underrepresented minority physicians in primary care specialties serving northeast Ohio communities
  • Ongoing engagement with scholars as future mentors and program advocates upon completion of the program
  • Expanded internal and external leadership opportunities
  • Improved retention of underrepresented minority physicians