David Satcher Clerkship

University Hospitals created this national model for the recruitment of minority medical students as assurance that the diversity of future generations of healthcare leaders receives accurate representation, and as its pledge that the needs of the underserved and underrepresented ethnic communities will be met.

The David Satcher Clerkship hosts between 10 and 15 minority medical students annually, offering them hands-on exposure to career opportunities in academic medical centers. Since the program's 1991 inception, UH has increased its minority representation from 3 to 10 percent. Also, UH is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, which has an active commitment to the education of minority medical students.

With this clerkship:

  • We will expose minority medical students to the many career opportunities available in academic medical centers and foster an environment in which underrepresented ethnic minorities excel.
  • We acknowledge that minority physicians are underrepresented nationally, both in the practicing medical community and in the full-time academic medical community.
  • We join The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Cleveland Foundation, National Medical Fellowships, Inc., The National Institutes of Health and the Commonwealth Fund in their efforts to address this situation.
  • We believe that academic medical centers in urban settings provide the ideal culturally and ethnically diverse environment for minority residents to receive training.
  • UH is committed to developing a dynamic, thriving and diverse team of physicians, nurses, healthcare professionals and management staff that more fully represents the medical community and the population it serves.

Application Process

Learn more about the David Satcher Clerkship Application Process. Application deadline is June 19 of each year. If you have questions about the David Satcher Clerkship, please call 216-844-4717.

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