Basic Requirements for Preceptors

1. Provide an environment conducive to learning

  • Thoroughly orient student to the practice
    • introduce student to office and to office personne
    • describe office operating procedures
  • Meet with student at start of clerkship to review objectives and expectations
    • discuss student's expectations for the clerkship
    • discuss your expectations
    • review written educational aims
  • Demonstrate your enthusiasm for medicine, teaching, and the student
  • Encourage student to ask questions, bring up problems

2. Provide critical learning opportunities

  • Assure student independently interviews, examines and states assessment for a minimum of 2 patients per 1/2 day session*
  • Provide an adequate mix of patients (young and old, men and women) and problems (chronic and acute illness, mild and serious disease)
  • Delegate meaningful responsibility for patient care
    • patient assessment
    • note writing
    • follow-up

3. Oversee development of critical skills, knowledge, and attitudes

  • Meet regularly with student outside of clinic to discuss patients
  • Coach student to identify questions on specific patients
  • Assist the student in exploring 3 questions to fulfill their requirement in EBM inquiry*
  • Suggest specific patient-based reading
  • Look for evidence of patient-based reading
  • Always ask for student's assessment and plan before giving your own
  • Observe communication skills
  • Observe student performing a physical examination
  • Complete certification exercises*
  • Critically evaluate and grade one visit note per week*

4. Provide student with regular feedback on performance

  • During daily clinical work
  • During formal sessions at midpoint and end of rotation

5. Complete a written summative evaluation of student at end of rotation


* mandatory