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Submitted by dmyhre on Tue, 02/28/2017 - 7:28am
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UCalgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship

What is it?  Free housing for one thing!

The Cumming School of Medicine in Calgary worked  together with the University of Alberta to create the UCLIC in 2007.This is a one year clerkship option for 3rd year medical students interested in learning medicine in a generalist environment. Students are based in a family practice in a rural or regional community and learn the generalist specialties in an integrated fashion by following their patients from the clinic to specialty consults, surgery, delivery, etc. This longitudinal approach allows students to develop an appreciation for the natural history of illness and an understanding of the importance of continuity of care and relational continuity.

A typical week  includes: 3-4 half days in the family practice, ~2 half days in surgery, with visiting or local specialists, and working with family doctors with extended skills, one half day with the local allied health professionals and an academic day built into the students' schedules.

Goals of the UCalgary Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (UCLIC)
  • To establish a patient-centred, community based, pedagogically sound clerkship in selected rural and regional Alberta communities
  • To use family medicine as the foundation of the clerkship to provide students with experience in continuity of care, handling undifferentiated problems, chronic disease management, and in other key areas of family medicine while ensuring that they also develop the knowledge base and skills expected of students in the traditional clerkship.
  • To encourage students to pursue generalist careers, in particular family medicine, in rural communities
  • To strengthen and enhance the relationships between rural/regional communities and urban tertiary teaching institutions
  • To further develop distance education strategies, technology and capacity in undergraduate medical education
  • To develop new rural academic medical career paths for present rural physicians

 

What's in it for rural clinicians?
  • Enhanced role in clinical teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Participate in increasing the early exposure of medical students to rural medicine
  • Stronger relationship with the academic centre
  • Rural academic career track possibilities
  • Opportunity to further contribute to recruitment of future colleagues
  • Students who are in practices for longer than the standard one month rural rotation become valuable members of the local health care team (Worley 2001)
I'm interested. Where do I get more information?  or email uclic@ucalgary.ca

Dr. Doug Myhre, Associate Dean
Distributed Learning & Rural Initiatives, DLRI
Cumming School of Medicine

dmyhre@ucalgary.ca

                                

Dr. Rithesh Ram, Director
UCLIC Program
Cumming School of of Medicine

rram@ucalgary.ca

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