About the Program
The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship takes place over a 12‐month period and includes practical exposure to several clinical areas: Surgery, Inpatient and Outpatient Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. The LIC also includes bridge weeks between clinical rotations that include instruction in a variety of specialized topics and skills, which include patient safety, palliative care, global health, complementary and alternative medicine, and pharmacology.
Students accepted into this competitive clerkship build their clinical experiences over the duration of the entire clerkship rather than in individual thematic blocks. This curriculum structure gives students the opportunity to follow specific patients throughout their entire treatment, thus requiring strong multitasking skills and a ‘big picture’ outlook in considering patient care. To complete an LIC, you may choose between the Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin, Vermont or the Hudson Headwaters Health Network in northern New York. Each campus environment blends the best of traditional academic medical centers with community health care. Larner College of Medicine faculty supervise all clerkships.
With primary care physicians as preceptors, and a primary care health center as a home base, each student becomes a key member of an interdisciplinary team providing comprehensive care to patients. In addition, students will be assigned to clinical faculty preceptors in surgery, OB/GYN, neurology, pediatrics, and psychology. Through these experiences, students progressively develop a panel of patients to satisfy all required clinical encounters for the clerkship level. Scheduled weeks at the local hospital, i.e. Central Vermont Medical Center, Champlain Valley Physician Hospital, or Glens Falls Hospital, give students the necessary inpatient experiences.
The primary care practices are affiliated with one of the following locations:
- Central Vermont Medical Center, member of the University of Vermont Health Network, based in Berlin, Vermont.
- Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a University of Vermont Health Network affiliate site headquartered in Queensbury, New York.
Interested students need to complete an application, be in good academic standing, have an interest in rural medicine, enjoy autonomy, have the maturity to work independently, display resiliency, have an interest in the participating in the community, and an interest collaborating with faculty to improve the student experience.