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LINC Scholars

L eaders In IN novative C are, or LINC, is a one-of-a kind program of advanced study for up to 10 competitively-selected medical students per year that will lead to graduation with a Distinction in Health System Transformation and Leadership. The LINC Scholars track includes greater clinical exposure to person-centered care as well as classroom and applied experience leading to enhanced knowledge and expertise in patient safety (PS), quality improvement (QI), population health, and interprofessional team-based care. The LINC scholar will also learn leadership and change management skills during clinical practice application with assigned mentors at the clinical systems level.

To help support this innovative program, REACH is excited to announce it has been awarded additional funding by The Doctors Company Foundation. This grant will support LINC Scholar stipends, books and materials, travel for student clinical experiences and conferences and other related costs. The LINC Scholars program has previously received funding from the ECU BB&T Center for Leadership Development.

2017 Class of LINC Scholars

The REACH Initiative is proud to announce the 2017 class of LINC Scholars!

  • Jubayer Ahmed
  • Noopur Doshi
  • Samantha Forlenza
  • Amber Gautam
  • Jonathan LeCrone
  • Bennett Mack
  • Chantal Morey
  • Chirag Patel
  • Meera Patel
  • Allison Williams

LINC Scholars 2017 group photo
2017 LINC Scholars
Back Row: Allison Williams, Samantha Forlenza, Meera Patel, Amber Gautam, Chantel Morey
Front Row: Jubayer Ahmed, Bennett Mack, Noopur Doshi, Chirag Patel, Jonathan LeCrone


LINC Scholar Curriculum
The LINC Scholars Program consists of an intensive, 8-week summer immersion course that takes place between the first and second years of medical school, with additional course and project work to be completed during the third and fourth years of medical school. To learn more, click here.

Health System Transformation and Leadership Distinction Track
The LINC Scholars track includes greater clinical exposure to person-centered care as well as classroom and applied experience leading to enhanced knowledge and expertise in patient safety (PS), quality improvement (QI), population health, and interprofessional team-based care. For more information about the Health System Transformation and Leadership Track click here

Why should I consider LINC?
Participation in LINC will:
  • Prepare students to enter residency with enhanced preparation to lead and contribute to health system changes focused on improving care for individuals and populations.
  • Promote students' ability to work at a more advanced level with other members of the health care team.
  • Distinguish students as having earned a special Distinction during their medical school training in health care's newer competencies, which are of significant interest to residency directors and future employers

For more information contact lincscholars@ecu.edu