REACH LIC - Regions Equitable Affordable Community Health Program

REACH is a 10-month longitudinal integrated clerkship for third-year medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School at Regions Hospital, a level 1 trauma center and tertiary care center for the east metro and western Wisconsin. The clerkship is centered around examining the impact of social determinants of health on the general health and well-being of our patients in our surrounding community. While at Regions, students will work through most of their core clerkships but will have special training in ways social influences such as poverty, homelessness, drug use and mental illness impact the physical health of our patients. The core clerkships include:

  • Internal Medicine (8 credits)
  • Surgery, general (6 credits)
  • Surgery, subspecialty (2 credits)-Options include: Anesthesia, ENT, Orthopedics, Urology, and Burn
  • Neurology (4 credits)
  • Psychiatry (4 credits)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (4 credits)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 credits)
  • REACH (3 credits)
  • Elective (2 credits)

37 total credits

Unique Learning Experiences: In addition to traditional hospital ward experiences, students will have longitudinal experiences working one on one with staff physicians within the fields of Internal Medicine and Obstetrics and Gynecology. They will accompany our home-based medical team who bring medical care to the homes of our most at-risk patient population. In addition, our students will spend time at ADAP (Alcohol Drug Addiction Program) where they will learn what services are available in the community for our patients struggling with addiction issues. They will also spend time within the community volunteering at Catholic Charities Higher Ground Shelter. Here they will provide basic medical and self-care information to the clients while developing an appreciation for the challenges many face just trying to survive in society. All students will work with the Director to complete a related QI project of the students choosing ready for presentation at a peer-reviewed conference.

Reach Timeline

September-October: Recruiting

November: Application roll-out

December/January: Interviews

February: Participants selected and offered a spot in the clerkship

March-June: Onboarding, information gathering

July-May: REACH clerkship