Office of Rural Programs

Olympia LIC

Olympia Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC)

A longitudinal integrated clerkship allows a student over time to experience multiple medical disciplines. This is opposed to a traditional clerkship that is specialty-focused, such as pediatrics, and usually lasts for a more discrete period of time, often 6 weeks.

Program Overview

The Olympia LIC is an 11-month longitudinal clerkship with an emphasis on community care and based in the small urban community of Olympia, Washington. It was created in 2014 for students to develop long-term relationships with patients, preceptors, and communities.

Students in the LIC complete the six Patient Care Phase clerkships which include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery, and OB/GYN. In addition, students complete a 2-week Palliative Care elective.

Successful students are self-directed and organized.

If you have any questions, please contact us.


I’m so glad I chose Olympia LIC. In terms of continuity of care and knowledge retention, this program is unprecedented. The preceptors have been accepting, encouraging, and phenomenal teachers who can offer so much 1 on 1 attention. Olympia is a wonderful place to live and learn medicine and there are so many opportunities to get yourself integrated into the local community as well as a tight-knit support group of students and faculty. You can’t go wrong choosing this option for 3rd year.

Dillon B. (2019-2020 Olympia LIC student)


I love that we get a well-rounded mix of small city environment in Olympia with additional rural experiences in Chehalis, Centralia, and Montesano. These communities are very welcoming of medical students and are excited to be a part of the UW medical education experience.

-Heather J. (2019-2020 Olympia LIC student)





Providence St. Peter Hospital, Olympia, Washington