David Satcher Clerkship

University Hospitals Center for Clinical Excellence and Diversity Initiatives created this national model for the recruitment of minority medical students.

As an integral part of the residency recruitment initiative, this program is focused on the inclusion of a diverse generation of future health care leaders. It is the belief of University Hospitals that a diverse clinical workforce is necessary to meet the needs of underrepresented ethnic communities.

The David Satcher Clerkship host minority medical students annually, offering them hands-on exposure to career opportunities in our academic medical centers, which has an active commitment to the education of minority medical students. UH is an affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Why Become a Satcher Clerk

Benefits of the Satcher Clerkship include:

  • The clerkship 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.
  • Clerkship acknowledges that minority physicians are underrepresented nationally, both in the practicing medical community and in the full-time academic medical community.
  • Clerkship joins 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.
  • 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, health care professionals and management staff that more fully represents the medical community and the population it serves.

Download the Case Western Reserve University visiting student program application and complete the supplemental application. For questions about David Satcher Clerkship please contact Carla Harwell at .

Application Process

Medical students interested in applying for the David Satcher Clerkship should review the information below regarding clerkship prerequisites and other application requirements, then follow the instructions to complete all forms.

Renee Pickel, M.Ed
Student Services Coordinator
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
10900 Euclid Avenue, Rm T408
Cleveland, OH 44106-4968
Phone: 216-368-3723 | Fax: 216-368-4621


Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Fourth-year medical student
  2. USMLE Step 1 score
  3. Have completed their core clinical clerkships prior to participation in the UH David Satcher Clerkship Visiting Clerkship program
  4. Current transcript
  5. In good standing at their home school
  6. Home school's approval to participate in the desired elective
  7. Completed and documented the required immunizations
  8. A copy of the most recent background check from medical school
  9. Two letters of recommendation

Alternate Choices

In the event that your primary selection is filed, you are advised to list two alternate choices. The application must contain all of the requested information from both the applicant and the appropriate dean. Your dean’s office must verify all completed core clerkships.

  • Registration in an elective will be confirmed only after the application form has been received and approved. Students will be notified by email of the results of their application.
  • There are no two-week electives for visiting students.


Malpractice and/or general liability insurance is not provided to visiting medical students through the Case School of Medicine. This must be provided by the student or his/her medical school.

*Documented proof of health insurance, malpractice coverage and a record of immunizations must accompany the application or it will be returned. Documentation of student-purchased liability coverage must be received by Case Western Reserve University registrar’s office 30 days prior to the start of the elective(s). If your school does not provide such coverage please contact registrar’s office immediately.

Immunization Requirements

Visiting David Satcher Clerks must submit verification of completion of the following immunizations:

  • Hepatitis B: series of three doses; serology, if available.
  • Measles, mumps and rubella. Immunization or titer, in the case of measles, if the application had the disease, a doctor's signature is required to confirm office record.
  • Chicken pox (varicella); if no documented history, an antibody titer to measure immunity is strongly recommended
  • Diphtheria/tetanus; record of booster within the past 10 years
  • Polio; completed series of immunization indicating type of vaccine, as well as date of last booster
  • Tuberculosis: PPD by Mantoux method, with date 12 months prior to completion of David Satcher Clerkship. If positive, chest x-ray results are required. Students who have received BCG vaccine must specify date and may be required to provide chest x-ray results.


Information concerning the availability of housing at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center can be obtained by contacting Barbara Cherry at or 216-767-8984, Fax 216-201-4933.