Student chats with care team as part of Interprofessional Clinical Experience

Interprofessional Clinical Experience

Head Start

Interprofessional Clinical Experience brings earlier patient interaction.

At Michigan, you will begin spending time in the clinical world earlier than in a traditional medical school curriculum. The Interprofessional Clinical Experience (ICE) provides clinical exposure on a regular basis throughout the M1 year with a focus on interprofessional education.

Student observes care team working at computer station

Three goals of the ICE are:

  • Introduce students to the team-based aspect of the health care environment early in their career.
  • Develop students' skills and awareness around respectful, appropriate and professional communication.
  • Provide a clinical context to support learning from the Scientific Trunk and Doctoring Course.

During the first week of ICE, you will attend a panel discussion with patients and families who will share their health care experiences, along with meeting them in smaller groups to further discuss their experience as a patient or family member of a patient.

Student observes physical therapy session

Early during ICE you will meet with many different health care providers and learn about their educational and training experience along with their role in health care.

From then on, your clinical experiences will take place in both inpatient and outpatient settings. We have about 20 clinical settings where we place students, including sites such as Emergency Medicine, the Veterans Affair Hospital, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and several operating room experiences, to name a few.

You will have 10 experiences total in the clinics: five in the fall term and five in the winter term. After these sessions, we encourage you to reflect on your experiences. You will be required to write three reflections over the course of the year. You will also have the opportunity to share your insights with fellow students in small group discussions.

As a medical student, the benefit of ICE is seeing real patients from the beginning of medical school and having the ability to link what they learn to the Doctoring Course. ICE also exposes our students to everybody on the health care team and their roles. When they get to the clinical setting they are better prepared to know who to go to when they have a question or need something for a patient.

Joseph House, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Director, Medical Student Program and Director, Interprofessional Education