SOM Students Complete Inaugural Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at CareMount Medical, P.C.
At the end of June, 14 members of the School of Medicine (SOM) Class of 2020 became the first cohort of students to complete a new Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) program at CareMount Medical, P.C. and Northern Westchester Hospital.
The six-month long program is a modified form of third-year medical school clerkships where students participate in several clerkships simultaneously, rather than in distinct blocks.
“The LIC program was developed to expand the clinical clerkship opportunities available to medical students to allow students to participate in the comprehensive care of patients over time and develop long-term relationships with community practice clinicians,” said Jennifer L. Koestler, M.D., senior associate dean for medical education. “We are so proud of the success of this program and look forward to our ongoing collaborations with these important community partners.”
The LIC program is housed mainly at CareMount Medical, P.C., the largest independent multispecialty medical group in New York State. CareMount provides medical care to more than 640,000 patients in more than 45 locations throughout Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Columbia and Ulster counties and New York City. Northern Westchester Hospital is a 245-bed community hospital in Mount Kisco, New York, providing inpatient and surgical exposure for students participating in this program.
“CareMount is proud to partner with New York Medical College to offer third-year medical students experience, while gaining valuable knowledge from our expert physicians” said Scott D. Hayworth, M.D., FACOG, president and CEO of CareMount Medical. “We look forward to continuing to offer this program in the future at several of our offices.”
The students who participated in this program spent the majority of their time at CareMount, where they were able to spend more time in an outpatient setting compared to students in traditional clerkships. The LIC program is beneficial for both students and patients as it ensures continuity throughout transitions of care. For example, an LIC student may tend to a pregnant patient while clerking in obstetrics/gynecology. Later, that same student may tend to the patient’s baby while clerking in pediatrics. Students in the LIC are expected to meet all of the educational program objectives and graduation requirements of the typical School of Medicine curriculum. Building on the success of its first year, the program will continue on an ongoing basis, offering clerkships in internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology.