Integrated clinical experience core (ICE)

Integrated clinical experiences expose students to clinical issues early in their medical education and provide context for their training in the basic sciences. Two afternoons a week are dedicated to ICE in the first and second years.

In ICE, students receive instruction on topics such as history and physical examination, communication skills, behavioral sciences, ethics and preventive medicine. In addition, students see patients in the office of primary care physicians in the Omaha area five times a semester.

In the summer between the first and second years of medical school, students spend three weeks in a primary care preceptorship in sites throughout the state of Nebraska.

ICE Subjects First Year:

  • Professionalism and student ethical responsibilities
  • The physician-patient relationship
  • Clinical communication and interviewing skills
  • Human growth and development over the life-span
  • Physical examination
  • The family system in health and illness

ICE Subjects Second Year:

  • Occupational and environmental medicine
  • Public health
  • Patient education
  • Clinical preventive medicine
  • Social and cultural issues in medical practice
  • Health care systems and medical mistakes
  • Nutrition in medicine
  • Clinical decision-making

Senior year ICE topics
Fourth year medical students are now required to attend ICE sessions. These are introduced when students have the clinical background needed to address the health issues. There are five required topics. In addition, students must select four elective topics.

Required topics:

  • End-of-life care
  • Cross-cultural medicine
  • Personal health & professional well-being
  • Medical malpractice
  • Quality improvement in health care