Cleveland Clinic's Cosgrove Discusses Expanded Relationship With Case

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The Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University announced plans Saturday to build an $80 million medical education building on the Clinic’s main campus.

The news, which comes as a surprise because Case had previously planned to open the building on the former Mt. Sinai hospital site, strengthens the relationship between Cleveland’s largest medical school and the region’s biggest health care provider. The building will be located between Euclid and Chester avenues off 100th street and is expected to open in 2016. Once open, Case will provide shuttles for students and some underground parking.

Students who attend the Cleveland Clinic's five-year Lerner College of Medicine program as well as Case's four-year program will do their first two years of didatic learning at the building, though they will likely remain in separate classrooms for their studies, one Case official said. The project brings the ongoing two separate teaching tracks under one roof.and clinical rotations will continue to take place at hospital partners. Those partners include MetroHealth System and University Hospitals.

UH has a 50-year affiliation agreement with Case and will continue to be the primary place where students do their rotations. UH officials said Monday they were still evaluating the news.

Construction on the new medical education building is slated to begin in 2014. Dr. Toby Cosgrove, the Clinic’s chief executive, spoke with ideastream’s Sarah Jane Tribble about the new facility.

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