Department of Medicine
Dear Senior Medical Student,
The mission of the MetroHealth Medical Center is to save lives, restore health, promote wellness, and provide outstanding, life-long care accessible to all. We are a strong academic medical center with a century-long affiliation with Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. MetroHealth is a county-owned, tertiary referral center with 731 licensed beds and a diverse patient population. MetroHealth is Cleveland's only Level 1 adult trauma center.
When you complete your training at MetroHealth, you will be confident in your abilities and your knowledge. You will be well-prepared for a career in academic medicine or in a purely clinical practice. You will develop an evidence-based, scholarly approach to the care of patients. We are proud of the autonomy of our house staff, the flexibility of our diverse programs, the quality and dedication of our faculty, and our collegial, supportive approach to house staff training.
The Case Department of Medicine at MetroHealth includes over 163 CWRU School of Medicine faculty members. Eleven divisions provide training in Cardiology, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hematology/Oncology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases, Nephrology, Hospital Medicine, Geriatrics/Palliative Care, and General Internal Medicine.
Over the last three years, our graduates have achieved a 96% first-time pass rate on the ABIM Certifying Exam. On average, more than half of our graduates from the categorical program go on to fellowship training. In 2009, all who applied matched either in our own excellent fellowship programs or in very competitive programs across the nation (See Fellowship Information).
Residents here are exposed regularly to leading experts and researchers. Our research funding has more than doubled since 2002. Currently, Department of Medicine faculty is the principal investigator of nearly $59 million of active research grants and contracts, mostly from the National Institutes of Health, and $5 million in active clinical trials. We strongly support our residents who choose to participate in research, and about 75% of our residents complete a research project during their residency.
Residents also participate in quality improvement and learn from the best what it means to deliver quality care and how to measure it. In 2008, MetroHealth was designated a Top 100 Hospital, ranking in the top 15 of the nation's 158 major teaching hospitals for quality of care. We the only hospital in Ohio to receive American Heart Association performance achievement awards for coronary disease, stroke, and heart failure ("triple gold"). Only 13 hospitals nationally earned this distinction: recognition of sustained performance for 2 or more years in these areas.
In the last seven years, the department has committed substantial resources to building the excellence of our residency training program, to growing our exceptionally high quality clinical programs, and to expanding our nationally competitive research programs. We are committed to continue this investment. MetroHealth is a very exciting place to be right now!
Why should you come to MetroHealth for your Internal Medicine training?
- A large academic medical center
- High quality clinical programs
- A diverse patient population
- An inspiring mission
- Strong colleagues
- Autonomy of the house staff
- A warm, friendly environment
- Supportive faculty with a commitment to teaching
- Nationally recognized research programs
- Excellent board performance by graduates
- Access to the nation's best fellowships
We hope that you visit our program and meet with our faculty and house staff. You will be able to personally observe the strengths in our department and hospital.
M. Michael Wolfe, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chair, Case Department of Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44109