It is a joy to share our appreciation for medicine with enthusiastic students – to see their faces in those “light bulb moments” when learning actually happens!
You will learn along with your students as you update your knowledge about trends in medicine and revised clinical practice guidelines.
Precepting provides the meaningful opportunity to make a contribution to the next generation of physicians, just as they once did for you.
Precepting in your Office
A community-based preceptor's main role is to facilitate a student's encounter with patients, assuring meaningful, graduated responsibility, during a student’s clerkship year. Students often report they feel like they become part of the practice, and that this rotation is one of their favorite medical school experiences. Student rotations are typically 2-4 weeks in length.
Yale medical and Physician Associate students are coached together on a team in the clinical environment. The focus is on practicing interview and physical exam skills. Coaches work with students one half day per week for 16 weeks.
Medical Coach Experience (MCE) Coach
Teams of four second-year medical students work with a coach to further hone their clinical skills in interview, physical exam, and clinical reasoning, and develop their identity as future physicians in preparation for clerkships. Coaches work with students one half day per week for 23 weeks.
Teaching Clinical Skills
Share your skills and knowledge to train first and second-year medical students in interview, physical exam, and clinical reasoning skills. Clinical Skills workshops occur Tuesday and Thursday afternoons throughout the academic year in our Clinical Skills Suite.
Interested in Being a Mentor?
Contact Susan Larkin, Associate Director, Office of Curriculum, Medical Education
The Voluntary Faculty make a valuable contribution to the educational programs at Yale School of Medicine. They are typically clinicians or others who are employed outside of Yale School of Medicine, but make significant contributions to department programs.
When you teach Yale medical students, you are eligible to join the Yale teaching faculty by applying for a Faculty Appointment in the Voluntary Faculty Rank in the department of your specialty. Each department has established guidelines for required participation.
Resources & Benefits
Your Yale Faculty ID Card gives you employee membership rates at:
Thank you for volunteering your time every week to help further our education. Your guidance and commitment to teaching was extremely valuable and the skills we learned will be reflected in our future practice.