Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LInC)

LInC Student Amanda Formosa2014-15 LInC medical student Amanda Formosa discusses her experience with the LInC Program The Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LInC) supports students in the achievement of the same objectives as the block clerkship program. The LInC curriculum content, preceptors, exams and other assessments match the block clerkship, however, the implementation model differs.

In the LInC, students meet the core clinical competencies of year 3 across multiple disciplines simultaneously. Students work longitudinally with a small number of preceptors in each discipline who serve as mentors and provide oversight to their experience. Over the year, students follow a patient panel of 50-75 patients from across all the clerkship rotations, with an emphasis on conditions that involve significant contact with the health care system.

Patients on the panel represent various developmental milestones in a person’s life and reflect diversity in terms of ethnicity, gender, ability and other attributes. LInC students have 1.5 days per week of flexible, self-directed clinical time where they are able to participate in various activities, including the clinical care of their panel of patients, preparation for LInC School, and career exploration. One half-day per week is devoted to “LInC School” which covers various core content areas including topics currently taught during centralized teaching in the block clerkship rotations.

For a more detailed description of the LInC, see the MD Program Academic Calendar.

Read about Amanda Formosa's experience with the LInC program. See New Approach Brings Medical Students Closer to Patients

How does LInC help with career exploration?


LInC Contacts

Dr. Stacey Bernstein, Clerkship Director

Dr. Raed Hawa, Deputy Clerkship Director

Shibu Thomas, Clerkship Coordinator



LInC Faculty Lead

LInC Coordinator

North York General Hospital Dr. Clare Hutchinson

Sophia Chung
416-756-6000 ext. 4724

St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Ra Han

Aaron Calano
416-864-6060 ext. 77451

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Dr. Piero Tartaro Norma Armas-Lewis
416-480-5962 ext. 5962
Michael Garron Hospital Dr. Adam Kaufman

Joanne Mount/Brian Davidson
416-469-6580 ext. 6545


Toronto Western Hospital & 

Mount Sinai Hospital

Dr. Natalie Clavel

Violetta Sochka


Credit Valley Hospital &

Mississauga Hospital

Dr. Abdollah Behzadi

Keri Fernandes
905-848-7580 ext. 1751



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