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Early Clinical Experiences

Yale School of Medicine MD students have many opportunities for clinical experiences in the pre-clerkship curriculum. The Interprofessional Longitudinal Clinical Experience (ILCE) is designed to help first-year health professional students from Yale School of Medicine’s MD and Physician Associate (PA) programs begin to build a working knowledge of the clinical environment, health care organizations, and to learn to work effectively as part of the interprofessional health care team.

From mid-April of their first year to mid-December of their second year, MD students work in groups of four with a Medical Coach Experience (MCE) coach. 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.

Simulation opportunities at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation are woven into many pre-clinical courses.

Year 2: Medical Coach Experience (MCE)

The medical coach experience is a program for medical students which will begin at the end of the ILCE course. Students will work in groups of four 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.

From Generation to Generation

Director of MCE

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