About the conference

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Welcome to CLIC2021

We look forward to welcoming you to both Stellenbosch University and the town of Stellenbosch, in October 2021 for the Consortium of Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships annual conference. This important health professions education meeting is focused on how contextual, longitudinal exposure and integration based on patient care can enhance student learning.

This will be the first time that the conference is being held in Africa. It is for this reason that we invite you to return to your roots, acknowledging that our continent is the cradle of humankind. However we also want to think about the origins of medical education, dating back to our most recognised medical ancestor Hippocrates, which was based on apprenticeship. In many ways Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships (LICs) embody the relationship-based education that was central to that model. Relationships are central to the African concept of Ubuntu, a person is a person through other persons, which reflects a person centred understanding that is also a key value in LICs. Thus we hope through the conference to reflect on the values that are essential to the success of LICs, and to translate that into a forward thinking vision for the ongoing development of LICs.

As part of that ongoing development, we would like to see LICs developing in other medical schools in Southern Africa and elsewhere in the continent; we therefore extend the invitation to colleagues from these institutions to explore this with an international community that is passionate about the LIC model. We also invite colleagues from outside of medicine who are exploring the use of the LIC model in other health professions or have already implemented this, in order to make it a multi-professional learning experience.

The Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health is delighted to be hosting this on behalf of Stellenbosch University. We seek to exemplify the values described, with a strong focus on interprofessional collaboration, and to be a resource for peers on the continent, based on our nine year experience of running South Africa’s first rural clinical school and first year-long LIC.

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Stellenbosch University (SU) is rooted in Africa and global in its reach. Over the past one hundred years, it has grown into a South African higher education institution with the vision to be a leading research-intensive university on the African continent. It aims to be globally recognized as excellent, inclusive and innovative, an institution where knowledge is advanced in service of society. As its mission states, SU is a research-intensive university that attracts outstanding students, employs talented staff and provides a world-class environment. It is a place that is connected to the world, while enriching and transforming local, continental and global communities.

SU today is home to ten faculties spread across five campuses, has a vibrant and cosmopolitan community of more than 32 000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, which include over 4 000 international students from 100 different countries. The University has about 3 300 full-time staff members and 352 postdoctoral fellows.

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Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch  is a  university town  in  South  Africa’s  Western Cape province.  It is nestled between vineyards and surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges. The town’s oakshaded streets, lined with cafés, boutiques and art galleries are bordered by two world heritage nature reserves, namely Jonkershoek and Simonsberg. Stellenbosch is uniquely positioned for hosting events, as it is situated just 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and 40 minutes from Cape Town, in the scenically beautiful and peaceful Cape Winelands

Quick Facts

  • 37.1 km from Cape Town airport to Stellenbosch CBD
  • +- 3000 formal hotel / B&B bedrooms in Stellenbosch
  • +- 250 Airbnb listings
  • Ground transport options include rental car hire, chauffeur driven services or metered taxis. Uber.com offers their services in Stellenbosch, which can be booked via their website or app. Tuk Tuk Stellies and  Mellowcabs offer an unusual and affordable way of getting around.

STIAS, Wallenberg Research Centre

The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) is situated on the historic Mostertsdrift farm in the heart of Stellenbosch. STIAS is a venue of heritage and grandeur which provides a unique setting for Conferences, conveniently located on the Mostertsdrift farm in the historical and exclusive heart of Stellenbosch, within walking distance of the centre of town and Stellenbosch University. It combines a sustainably designed modern research and seminar centre alongside original farm buildings, protected by the South African Council for National Heritage.