Twelve tips for designing and running longitudinal integrated clerkships

Med Teach. 2013 Dec;35(12):989-95. doi: 10.3109/0142159X.2013.818110. Epub 2013 Jul 24.


Longitudinal integrated clerkships (LICs) involve learners spending an extended time in a clinical setting (or a variety of interlinked clinical settings) where their clinical learning opportunities are interwoven through continuities of patient contact and care, continuities of assessment and supervision, and continuities of clinical and cultural learning. Our twelve tips are grounded in the lived experiences of designing, implementing, maintaining, and evaluating LICs, and in the extant literature on LICs. We consider: general issues (anticipated benefits and challenges associated with starting and running an LIC); logistical issues (how long each longitudinal experience should last, where it will take place, the number of learners who can be accommodated); and integration issues (how the LIC interfaces with the rest of the program, and the need for evaluation that aligns with the dynamics of the LIC model). Although this paper is primarily aimed at those who are considering setting up an LIC in their own institutions or who are already running an LIC we also offer our recommendations as a reflection on the broader dynamics of medical education and on the priorities and issues we all face in designing and running educational programs.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Clerkship / organization & administration*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Educational Measurement
  • Humans
  • Models, Educational*