Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE)/Medical Coaching Experience (MCE)

Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (YR1) / Medical Coaching Experience (YR 2)

Year 1- Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE)

A curriculum built on collaboration between Yale School of Medicine, Yale School of Nursing, and the Physicians Associate Program

The Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) is designed to prepare first-year health professional students to function effectively in the clinical environment. The structure and content of the curriculum is based on the needs of our current healthcare and academic environment. The Yale School of Nursing (YSN), in conjunction with the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) and the Physician Associate (PA) program, faculty guide groups of students in planned interprofessional clinical experiences in a consistent clinical setting. Experiences are designed to help students begin to build a working knowledge of the clinical environment, health care organizations, and to learn to work effectively as part of the interprofessional healthcare team. Experiences will also include planned group meetings designed to teach patient and family centered interviewing, physical examination skills, clinical reasoning, teamwork, and factors that impact health and the health care delivery system.

Program Goal

We believe that providing outstanding care for your future patients requires learning with, from, and about other healthcare professional students early in your training. You will accomplish this by working together to develop your clinical skills, knowledge and attitudes.*

Learning Objectives:

During the ILCE students will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to learn with from and about each other by
    • being present for all sessions.
    • engaging with your team and site members.
    • listening respectfully.
    • contributing to each activity.
    • showing integrity and humility.
    • understanding roles and responsibilities of other healthcare professionals.
  • Apply key communication skills to conduct patient and family-centered interviewing.
  • Perform a focused physical examination in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate the basic principles of the oral presentation.
  • Develop clinical reasoning skills by identifying the salient parts of the history and physical and begin to consider differential diagnoses.
* In conjunction with each school's individual plan of study.

Year 2- Medical Coaching Experience (MCE)

The medical coaching experience is a program for medical students which will begin at the end of the ILCE course. Students will work in groups of 4 with an MCE Coach once a week from mid-April of their first year to mid-December of their second year. The main purpose of the MCE is to prepare students to successfully complete the standardized history and physical exam assessment and to provide students opportunities to develop the skills they will need on the clerkships beginning in January of their second year. Students will see patients with physician coaches and develop their identities as future physicians.

Kirsten Wilkins, MD, Associate Professor (YSM)

David Brissette, MMSc, PA-C, Assistant Professor (PA Program)
Linda Honan, PhD, CNS-BC, RN, ANEF, Professor (YSN)
Barry Wu, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine (YSM)

Section Leaders:
David Brissette, MMSc, PA-C, Assistant Professor (PA Program)
Deborah Fahs, DNP, FNP- BC, Assistant Professor (YSN)
Linda Honan, PhD, APRN, FAAN, Professor (YSN)
Patricia Jackson Allen, MS APRN, FAAN, Professor Emerita of Nursing (YSN)
Wendy Mackey, APRN-BC, MSN, CORLN (YSN)
Patrice O’Neill-Wilhelm, RN, MSN, APRN, Lecturer (YSN)
Elizabeth Roessler, MMSc, PA-C, Assistant Professor (PA Program)
Thilan Wijesekera, MD, MHS, Instructor (YSM)
Kirsten Wilkins, MD, Associate Professor (YSM)
Barry Wu, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine (YSM)

Director of ILCE


Kirsten Matthews Wilkins, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. She also serves as the Director of Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE).

Director of MCE

Photo: Barry Wu MD
Barry Wu, MD is a Professor of Clinical Medicine and serves as the Director of the Medical Coaching Experience (MCE).