Team-Based Learning in a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship: an Opportunity for Integrated Multidisciplinary Learning and Curricular Focus on the Underserved

  • Mim AriEmail author
  • Julie A. Venci
  • Vishnu Kulasekaran
  • Jennifer E. Adams
Short Communication


Team-based learning (TBL) offers opportunities to tailor curricula to match specific aims and modalities of innovative medical education models. This paper describes a TBL curriculum developed for a longitudinal integrated clerkship (LIC) at an urban safety-net hospital. Similar to our LIC students’ clinical training experience, which includes simultaneously meeting core competencies across specialties in an underserved setting, our TBL curriculum is multidisciplinary and integrates topics related to caring for vulnerable patients. TBL within our LIC avoids the limitations of teaching content in specialty specific silos, creating a cohesive didactic and clinical education model which is highly rated by our students.


Team-based learning Longitudinal integrated clerkship Undergraduate medical education Curricular innovation 



Nichole Zehnder, Sarah Axelrath, Michelle Cleeves, Jennifer Stichman, Enhancing Education Grant from the University of Colorado, Rymer Small Grant from the University of Colorado.

Funding Information

Funding for curriculum development provided by Enhancing Education Grant from the University of Colorado, Rymer Small Grant from the University of Colorado.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

This project was reviewed by the Quality Improvement Committee of Denver Health (QuIRC), which is authorized by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board at the University of Colorado, Denver (COMIRB), and was determined not to be human subject research. As such, this project did not require IRB review.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MedicineUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of Colorado School of MedicineAuroraUSA
  3. 3.Denver Health and Hospital AuthorityDenverUSA

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