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Why VPIL?

  • You’ll get to enter clinic in your very first week of medical school.
  • You’ll learn to assess social, behavioral, economic, and cultural factors impacting health outcomes.
  • You’ll practice determining the best holistic approach to health and disease management for your patients.
  • Because of the longitudinal component, VPIL allows students to develop deep and genuine relationships with students from other programs and their clinical preceptor.
  • Developing a relationship with a preceptor can develop into opportunities, such as research and quality improvement projects, which are required components for the School of Medicine. VPIL students are offered an intimate understanding of their clinical workspace, helping to facilitate completion of quality improvement requirements.
  • The Capstone poster can be listed on your CV as an academic poster presentation.
  • Some students have presented their VPIL work at national conferences.
  • When applying to residency, many VPIL students report that involvement in VPIL helped to set them apart and give them a unique aspect to their application.

How do I become part of VPIL?

  • All rising first-year medicine students are encouraged to apply; there are no special requirements.
  • Access the Medical Student Application starting April 1
  • Faculty will review applications and conduct phone interviews to choose ten medicine participants for VPIL.

How will my schedule look different than that of my classmates?

  • In the first year of medical school, VPIL takes the place of Continuity Clinical Experience (CCX) and Foundations of Health Care Delivery 1 (FHD 1). This means that while other students are in their CCX clinic, VPIL students are in VPIL clinic. The non-VPIL students complete assignments for FHD 1 and VPIL students complete assignments for VPIL 1.
  • In the second year, VPIL students are excused from their clerkship on Wednesday afternoons to attend VPIL. The assignments and group project in VPIL can be completed in the clinic time.
  • In the third and fourth years (Immersion phase), students who completed VPIL will be exempt from the courses Interprofessional Education (IPE) 1 and 2.

What if I’m an MSTP student?

  • You can still participate in VPIL!
  • You can be connected to other VPIL MSTP students for guidance and planning.

VPIL has been part of the medical school curriculum for over 10 years.

  • VPIL has adapted over the years to the changes in the School of Medicine curriculum.
  • VPIL continues as a commitment to interprofessional education and practice, including components of social justice, social determinants of health, and improving patient care.