REACH LIC - Regions Equitable Affordable Community Health Program

REACH is a longitudinal integrated clerkship for third-year medical students from the University of Minnesota Medical School at Regions Hospital, a Level 1 Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, and tertiary care hospital for the east metro and western Wisconsin. The LIC 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 MS3 clerkships. Students will have special training in ways social influences such as poverty, homelessness, drug use and mental illness impact the physical health of our patients.

Clerkships Completed


  • Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • OB/Gyn


  • Outpatient Selective
  • QI/Population Health

Unique Learning Experiences: In addition to traditional hospital ward experiences, students will have longitudinal experiences working one-on-one with staff physicians and other preceptors in the fields of Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine.  They will work in multidisciplinary teams in the emergency crisis unit.  Students also participate weekly at a People Inc. location in the Twin Cities.  People Inc. is the largest provider of mental health services in Minnesota.  Didactics focus deeper into the social determinants of health, advocacy, and health equity topics.   Didactics may involve book clubs, documentary clubs, guest speakers, medical improv, simulation sessions, student-led discussions, and more.  All students will work with the LIC directors to complete a related QI project of the student's choosing either as a group or individually.

Beth Cliffe

REACH Coordinator