Preliminary Workforce Outcomes of an Urban Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship

Jennifer E. Adams, Catherine Ard, John M. Cunningham, Sheilah Jiménez, Tai Lockspeiser, David A. Hirsh, Vishnu Kulasekaran

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Abstract

Purpose The authors examined whether students participating in an urban longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) with a curriculum focused on care for underserved populations have a sustained commitment to urban underserved care through residency training and into practice. Method This mixed-methods study collected data from medical student application essays to the Denver Health LIC (DH-LIC), end-of-course surveys, residency match outcomes, and postgraduation surveys annually for academic years 2014 to 2022. The authors analyzed students' responses to the surveys on interest in working with underserved patients, understanding the rewards and challenges of working in safety net institutions, working in the community to improve health, and working at DH. The authors qualitatively coded the 70 application essays of all selected students using summative content analysis. Results Seventy DH-LIC students were compared with 1,450 medical students between 2014 and 2022. Qualitative analysis of LIC application essays revealed 3 themes: interest in working with underserved populations, work experience with underserved populations, and personal experience with medical vulnerability. Fifty-seven DH-LIC participants (81.4%) expressed high levels of career interest in working with underserved populations, 45 (64.3%) had high levels of work experience with underserved populations, and 18 (25.7%) expressed high levels of personal experience. Graduates of the DH-LIC program demonstrated a high degree of continuing interest in practicing in urban underserved settings throughout medical school and postgraduate training. Ten graduates (71.4%) in practice work in urban underserved settings. Participants reported a high or very high level of interest and commitment to working with underserved populations (96.7%-100%), understanding the safety net health care system (91.7%-98.6%), and working in communities (95.0%-100%) at all time points studied. Conclusions Early data indicate high rates of graduates working in urban underserved settings. These preliminary outcomes suggest the LIC may support the development of a committed workforce for urban underserved communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1420-1427
Number of pages8
JournalAcademic Medicine
Volume98
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2023
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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