Pathways to Practice

Pathways to Practice


Cleveland State University's Partnerships for urban health is now

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

The three Pathways to Practice are: 

NEOMED Early Assurance Undergraduate​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

NEOMED Early Assurance Post-Baccalaureate

Berkman/Jackson Fellow

*Applications for both Early Assurance Pathways are available September 15, 2020

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


A virtual NEOMED Early Assurance info session will be held October 22nd at 11:30am for Undergraduates and 6pm for PostBaccs.  Click the link below to reigister.

(Meeting link will be emailed the day before and the day of event)  

Early Assurance Info Session Registration


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. Beth Domholdt

Dr. Beth Domholdt, PT, EdD

Interim Program Director & Advisor


Toni Speed​​​​​​​

Mrs. Toni Speed, M.Ed.

Program Assistant & Advisor


Professor Grafton

Prof. Lena Grafton, MPH, CHES

Program Faculty & Advisor ​​​​​​​


Robert Banks

Mr. Robert Banks, MS

 Program Tutor & Advisor