Pathways to Practice

Pathways to Practice

Welcome Class of 2023

Welcome class of 2023! 


Pathways to Practice

Cleveland State University strives to meet the changing healthcare needs within urban communities. 

 The goal of the Pathways to Practice (P2P) is to provide opportunities for underrepresented minorities in medicine to gain acceptance, and ultimately excel, in medical school.  

The Pathways to Practice program provides three pathways towards medical school for students who have a passion for serving urban communities. We have a particular mission related to serving students who are underrepresented in medicine (based on race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, first-generation college attenders). 

Our personalized approach assists students who are applying to a number of different medical schools with whom we have, or are developing, relationships. Our students have matriculated to Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (Cleveland Campus), Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University of Toledo College of Medicine & Life Sciences, Wright State University among others.


Our Pathways

**Please note the application process for the Early Assurance tracks have changed. The application portal for both early assurance tracks will open September 13th. 

The three Pathways to Practice are: 

NEOMED Early Assurance Undergraduate 
NEOMED Early Assurance Post-Baccalaureate
Berkman/Jackson Fellow

*Application portal for both Early Assurance Pathways will open September 13, 2021

* Applications for Berkman/ Jackson Fellow are accepted on a rolling basis

Regardless of pathway, students in the program complete medical school prerequisites while also participating in or having access to the following: 

  • Urban Health certificate (completion of an 18-20 credit hour certificate) 
  • Mentoring from program tutors and advisors 
  • MCAT preparation resource 

In addition to specific program resources, students are also encouraged to take advantage of other Cleveland State University tutoring services and the College of Science and Health Professions Advising Center.



Our experienced staff is dedicated to helping students navigate the path to medical school. 

Dr. Tim McKnight

Dr. Timothy McKnight, MD, MSHM

Executive Director 


Toni Speed

Mrs. Toni Speed, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator & Advisor


Professor Grafton

Prof. Lena Grafton, MPH, CHES

Program Faculty & Advisor


Robert Banks

Prof. Robert Banks, MS

 Program Tutor