"The Molecular Medicine PhD program gives students the unique opportunity to interact with patients and physicians allowing them to know the problems that patients and physicians face. This helps in directing one’s research so that it can aid in the search for answers and solutions to these problems.
With the goal of bridging the gap between basic and clinical research, the Cleveland Clinic provides a perfect home for the program because of its expertise in translating basic research to patient care." – Isaac Adjei
"Little Italy is a great place to live - wonderful restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and art shops; art walks and festivals during the warmer weather; and it's conveniently close to the Clinic." – Laura Davison
"This program is unique in that it is co-administered by Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, so students in this program are affiliated to both institutes, and you have access to all their resources and facilities. You can practically choose from any trainers with available slots for lab rotations or as your thesis advisor from across a wide range of disciplines from both the Clinic and the Case School of Medicine.
Classes are highly interactive and well-structured. I really enjoyed the coursework in that each seminar is given by either research scientists or clinicians who are well-established specialists of the relevant contents, making the classes really stimulating and informative.
Cleveland is a very affordable city and you can lead a comfortable lifestyle with the generous stipend offered by the program. The community is very diversified and people here are very welcoming and friendly to internationals. Getting to other cities is convenient too with a major airport readily accessible by the RTA." – Josephine Dermawan
"I especially enjoyed the core curriculum of the program, which focuses on the integration of human physiology and disease with clinical correlates. This type of translational training is essential to become the next generation of scientists." – Laura Dixon
"The Lerner Research Institute fosters a very open and collaborative atmosphere. It is wonderful to be a graduate student where I have so much support." – Susan Foy
"The Molecular Medicine program allows me the unique opportunity to interact with scientist and physicians on a regular basis. This will allow for greater comfort and knowledge when collaborating later in my career." – Shamone Gore
"The Molecular Medicine PhD program has provided me with training opportunities that few other programs can match. We study in an environment of innovative, focused, and highly successful researchers and health-care professionals. There is no textbook that can teach what can be learned by working with such talented scientists." – David Hill
"One of the great things about this program is that, being at the Cleveland Clinic, we get so much exposure to clinical research and patients in general. I didn’t have much experience with patients with Alzheimer’s disease before starting the program, but now I know how devastating the disease is, and it’s renewed my commitment to research on the disease." – Yutaro Komuro
"Being in the Molecular Medicine program has been a rewarding experience. I feel like I am given the individual attention I need while still having the freedom to pursue investigation the best way I know how. The staff and administration is extremely helpful and I believe truly want to see me succeed with a career in translational medicine, and are constantly striving every day to make this goal a reality" – Dan Margevicius
"Cleveland Clinic Molecular Medicine PhD program is the best place you can do translational research." – Ying Ni
"The program is designed to be a blend of basic science research and exposure to clinical medicine that will help to direct the research to be more translational. There aren’t many places in the world like Cleveland where one can enjoy all four seasons distinctly. It’s just beautiful!" – Prasadh Ramakrishnan
"The clinical experience is what sets our program apart from the rest. Working at the bench we get one perspective, however the bedside exposure enhances my approach solidifies my commitment to what I do. Living in Cleveland is a different experience from southern California, but the program is worth it!" – Maricruz Rivera
The Molecular Medicine PhD program made me realize the value of translational science. – Sowmya Srikanthan
"Joining the Molecular Medicine PhD Program at the Cleveland Clinic has proven to be a great choice. I am in my first year in the program, currently in the middle of my laboratory rotations and class work. The class work has been challenging and rewarding so far. I really appreciate the way classes are planned out as they really take advantage of the small class size. Since my class is only seven people large, we are able to handle class in an interactive and stimulating manner. The class is able to form bonds and become comfortable with one another that lets us share ideas and experiences in a way that isn't totally possible in larger group settings. I also highly appreciate the lab rotations that we must go through. Coming into the program, I wasn't entirely what my exact path in life will be like. The rotations are not only helping me find the right mentor, but they are exposing me to various areas of research that will help me make the best choice." – Dustin Thomas
"Cleveland is a great city for graduate students, especially because the low cost of living here makes the best of the city available. I’ve really enjoyed the excellent restaurants, world-class orchestra, free museums, park system, and the chance to catch an Indians game during the summer." – Amanda Tilot
"Being at the Clinic gives me access to clinicians specializing in my area of research where I can see how basic research findings are brought to the bedside." – Annabelle Visperas
The Molecular Medicine PhD program provides students a unique training experience where basic biomedical research and clinical medicine naturally interact. Students here are more motivated about their research because they clearly see where it is going to end up. – Ao Zhang
"Clinical correlations and perspectives are integrated into our curriculum, which not only provide us with the opportunity to learn how research in basic science can improve healthcare, but also help us develop the ability to identify clinical problems and translate them into testable hypothesis in laboratory.” – Junjie Zhao