Patient Stories, Long-Term Relationships at Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Written by Collin York '20 and Izzy Kratzer '20
Four third-year students at the Larner College of Medicine are completing the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at Hudson Headwaters Health Network. 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. Students progressively develop a panel of patients to satisfy all required clinical encounters for the clerkship level. They get to know their patients well over the course of the 12 month-long experience. Here, two students reflect on their time at HHHN.

An Elemental Experience in Medicine

Written by Khaled al Tawil '19
As a student in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship at Hudson Headwaters Health Network, I have the opportunity to get to know patients over the course of an entire year. I’ll accompany them to check-ups, tests, surgeries, rehabilitation – any interaction with a health care provider is considered a learning opportunity. Not only do I experience the health care system from multiple angles, I begin to understand what it’s like for a patient to experience sickness and health.   

Seeing Medicine from the Patient’s Point of View

Written by Sunit Misra '19
As one of the first participants in the UVM Larner College of Medicine’s Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) I have the luxury of connecting with my patients beyond a single encounter. The focus of this program, completed during the third year of medical school, is to gain the perspective of the patient, and see medicine from their point of view. Instead of the traditional block format, where students complete rotations in seven different medical specialties, we choose a panel of patients...

Exploring a New Model for Clerkships: A Visit to Hudson Headwaters Health Network

Written by Holly Bachilas '19 When I first heard about the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), I rejected it as an option for me. I was open-minded when it came to the idea of a new way to complete the clerkship level of the curriculum, but it seemed so unlike the vaguely formed visions of my third year of medical school that I had trouble seeing myself as a participant. However, after meeting leaders for the program and learning more about the model – where students go to one location for the entirety of their clerkship year, and focus on one group of patients as they navigate the healthcare system – I began to see the potential benefits.