How It Impacts Care
Student-led care interactions will take longer due to the learning process of information synthesis, communication between the student and preceptor, and communication between the student and patient. However, care teams and patients often report higher quality care and positive outcomes. The combined aptitude of a seasoned provider and a learning student uncovers new thinking, broadens the diagnoses considered, and improves satisfaction for all.
Why It’s Valuable
The LIC lengthens the time clinicians spend with students, deepening the relationships they form with the health care team and helping students build the relationships and experience critical for successfully practicing medicine. Patients and community members similarly build rapport with the students over that time, often improving the patient experience, creating recruitment opportunities for hospitals and clinics, and improving clinical outcomes. Furthermore, it enables a wide range of individuals and experiences to educate and shape medical students into the practicing physicians we will seek in the future.