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16-Week Longitudinal Experience

​​During the 16-week Integrated Longitudinal Medicine Clerkship (ILMC), students will learn the elements of patient-centered clinical and hospital care and apply it to all patient interactions. The course emphasizes continuous integrated curriculum and longitudinal relationships between students, patients and faculty. This decreases the fragmentation of experiences that can occur in traditional hospital based block rotations while continuously and simultaneously meeting competencies of the core blocks HAC, AAC, and RCC. 

Students will experience how chronic care, preventive care and hospital care are coordinated in a community and how the preceptor's practice and social factors within the context of the community influence care. The longitudinal experience along with the range of ages, conditions, care settings, and acuity of problems is what sets this educational experience apart. 

Students will spend the first 4 weeks (HAC Immersion) in the hospital setting in the Denver metropolitan area. The next continuous 12 weeks (Rural Integrated Experience) will be spent at a practice setting in a Colorado location, generally rural with some suburban sites. ​​

ILMC G​oals (PDF with objectives)​

  • Develop the knowledge attitude and skills appropriate to care for adults who present with symptoms or problems commonly seen in the community primary care setting as well as the community hospital setting.
  • Develop a longitudinal understanding of common disease processes from onset to resolution by following patients across settings i.e. clinic, hospital, nursing home, etc.
  • Develop an understanding of common challenges and pitfalls occurring during transitions in care.
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of team-based care in chronic disease management as well as the value of the Patient Centered Medical Home.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice an evidence-based approach to medical care.
  • Incorporate knowledge of how community/culture/and social context affect health and illness and use that knowledge in the assessment and planning of care for individuals and populations.
  • Identify recommended preventive services and health promotion opportunities for different groups of patients at risk.
  • Develop professional attributes and lifelong learning skills.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with interprofessional team members in the primary care setting.
  • Develop skills and attitudes necessary to communicate and collaborate with patients and families in shared decision-making about diagnoses and long-term health care management.