REACH LIC - Regions Equitable Affordable Community Health Program

REACH is an 9-10 month* 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. REACH core clerkships include:

  • Internal Medicine (8 credits)
  • Surgery, core (4 credits)
  • Surgery, elective (*4 credits, optional)
  • Neurology (4 credits)
  • Psychiatry (4 credits)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (4 credits)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 credits)
  • REACH LIC Plus Clinical Elective (2-4 credits)
  • REACH QI/Population Health (3 Credits)

33-39 Total Credits

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 within the fields of Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Emergency Medicine. They will work in multidisciplinary teams on in the emergency crisis unit. They will accompany our home-based medical team bringing medical care to the homes of our most at-risk patient population. REACH is expanding our program this year to incorporate inpatient patient panels to help our students understand and follow complex patient care. Students also pursue clinic time and street outreach through the Minnesota Community Clinic associated with the Catholic Charities Higher Ground Shelter. We engage in weekly protected didactic time to delve deeper into social determinants of health, advocacy, and health equity topics. Didactics time 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 students choosing ready for presentation at a peer-reviewed conference.


For questions or an application please see the REACH LIC website on Canvas or contact: Beth Cliffe, REACH Coordinator at

Reach Timeline

September-November: Recruiting

Sunday, November 28, 2021 11:59 pm: Application due

December/January: Interviews

January/February: Participants selected

March-June: Onboarding, information gathering

June 27, 2022-April 2, 2023 (April 30, 2023 for those who opt into the surgery elective): REACH clerkship