Answer to "Are there differences between students' learning gains in Longitudinal Integrated, or Traditional Block, Clerkships?"

Several studies have demonstrated that longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) graduates have academic results equivalent to and in some cases better than those of their peers who receive clinical education in block rotations. These have included results in local school assessments such as applied knowledge tests and OSCEs, as well as national board examinations.  One early study showed that LIC students improved their ranking in the class, compared to non-LIC peers, after completing the LIC programme.  As mentioned above in Question 3, additional valued learning gains have been reported for LIC graduates.

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