Korean Med Educ Rev.  2018 Feb;20(1):15-19. 10.17496/kmer.2018.20.1.15.

Pilot Study Results of a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship in a Single Institution

  • 1Medical Education Office, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Internal Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. wbpark1@snu.ac.kr


The longitudinal integrated clerkship is an innovative approach in medical education that emphasizes continuity as a key principle to provide student-centered experiences and learning. Seoul National University College of Medicine decided to adapt longitudinal integrated clerkships to the new curriculum beginning in 2018, and therefore conducted pilot studies in 2016 and 2017. This study aimed to analyze the program evaluation results of the two pilot programs and discuss issues related to the successful implementation of longitudinal integrated clerkships in Korea. We conducted a focus group interview with nine students who participated in the 2016 pilot program and 13 students who participated in the 2017 pilot program. We also conducted a focus group interview with 11 faculty members who either participated in the pilot program or will participate in the main program. From the 2016 experience, we found that it is not appropriate to assign each patient to a single student and let the students contact their patients personally for feasibility and safety reasons. In the 2017 pilot program, we assigned each patient to a group of students, which made it more feasible for the students to follow-up with their patients. The students were satisfied with their new experience of longitudinal patient follow-up and regular meetings in the pilot program. Faculty emphasized the importance of establishing the course objectives and holding an orientation for the students and the faculty. Further study is planned to evaluate the early outcomes of the main longitudinal integrated clerkship.


Longitudinal integrated clerkship; Pilot projects; Program evaluation

MeSH Terms

Education, Medical
Focus Groups
Follow-Up Studies
Linear Energy Transfer
Pilot Projects*
Program Evaluation
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