LINC Scholars Program

Leaders in INovative Care

LINC Scholars Program

Enhanced training promises to propel students and healthcare

An annual cohort of 10 medical students per class, known as LINC (Leaders in INovative Care) Scholars, will graduate with enhanced training and applied experience in patient safety, quality improvement, team-based care and population health, that will lead to a Certificate in Health System Transformation and Leadership in addition to their MD degree at the time of medical school graduation.


LINC Scholar training will include more experiential learning at a clinical systems level, and more opportunities for meaningful interprofessional project work. In addition to the longitudinal curriculum for all medical students, LINC Scholars will:

  • Gain advanced expertise in the described competencies through additional coursework and application of knowledge and skills through quality improvement and scholarly projects.
  • Develop collaborative practice skills by serving on committees and taskforces and participate in mentored applied experiential learning projects at a clinical systems level in partnership with healthcare leaders at Vidant Health.
  • Develop leadership and change management skills including basic strategies to improve organizational culture, patient and family engagement, and the ability to understand the complex nature of health care delivery through skill development, role-modeling, and mentored training activities.

Specific Curriculum Innovations for LINC Scholars

  • Immersion courses toward the Certificate in Health Care Transformation during the summer between the M1 and M2 years
  • Longitudinal integrated course work to continue this training in the M3 and M4 year.
  • A Capstone Practicum where M4 students will participate in a quality interprofessional quality improvement project at a clinical site

Structuring the Future

Medical Student Curriculum