Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship

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About the Program

The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) is a 12-month clerkship that begins at the same time as the traditional clerkships. The major difference is that students at the regional affiliate site will meet the objectives of each clerkship in a longitudinal manner rather than in the traditional block schedule. The curriculum will have the same core educational objectives, course requirements and similar instructional and assessment methods.

With primary care physicians as preceptors, and a primary care health center as a home base, each student becomes a key member of an interdisciplinary team providing comprehensive care to patients.  In addition students are assigned to clinical faculty preceptors in surgery, OB/GYN, neurology, pediatrics, and psychology.  Through these experiences, students progressively develop a panel of patients to satisfy all required clinical encounters for the clerkship level.  Scheduled weeks at Glens Falls Hospital and Champlain Valley Physician Hospital give students the necessary inpatient experiences.

The primary care practices are part of the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, a UVM Health Network affiliate site headquartered in Queensbury, New York. Students selected for this curriculum will be in good academic standing, have an interest in rural medicine, enjoy autonomy, will have the maturity to work independently, display resiliency, have an interest in the participating in the community, and an interest collaborating with faculty to improve the student experience.

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About Hudson Headwaters


Hudson Headwaters Health Network is a not-for-profit system of 17 community health centers providing care to residents and visitors of the 3,700 square miles of the Adirondack/Lake George/Glens Falls area in upstate New York. The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship sites are located in Fort Edward, Moreau, Warrensburg and Queensbury, NY.

As well as being the sole provider of care in many communities, Hudson Headwaters also provides care in seven sub-acute and acute rehabilitation centers as well as Glens Falls Hospital.  The primary care health centers are designated as Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Homes.

Hudson Headwaters utilized innovative approaches to create a health care delivery system uniquely suited for the population it serves.    That same creativity can be seen in the way they address issues such as the opioid epidemic, the integration of mental health services, and the shortage of providers in rural areas.  As value based reimbursement is becoming a reality, Hudson Headwaters is expanding its research capacity to support the design and implementation of practice-based quality improvement projects.

Operations are funded from patient service revenue and grant sources, most significantly a Federal Section 330 Rural Health Initiative award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Hudson Headwaters provides care for everyone in the communities it serves regardless of financial or social circumstances.


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