Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships

Topic Editors - JN Hudson and AN Poncelet


A longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) is characterised by being the central element of clinical education, whereby medical students (1) participate in the comprehensive care of patients over time, (2) participate in continuing learning relationships with these patients’ clinicians, and (3) meet the majority of the year’s core clinical competencies, across multiple disciplines simultaneously through these experiences (International Consensus LIC definition. International Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships. Cambridge, MA. 2007). Clerkship refers to the practice of medicine by medical students during their final year(s) of study; longitudinal applies to a long-term clinical clerkship usually of one full academic year; and integrated describes continuous and concurrent community and hospital clinical experiences for each learner.


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