MD Alumni Preceptor

The preceptorship is a two-week experience designed to expose early medical students to clinical experiences and preceptors in primary care. Your preceptorship student is a first-year medical student who has taken courses in Genetics, Nutrition, Cell and Tissue Biology, and Introduction to Clinical Medicine. They have also received instruction in managing common outpatient conditions for both adults and children. However, they have not yet started their systems-based physiology and pathology courses.

Preceptorship Quick Facts:

  • History Taking: Students need to complete at least 20 patient histories independently. Encourage them to get as much experience as possible, even after meeting this minimum. Please sign off on their history cards.
  • Learning Goals: Each student will set a specific learning goal, such as improving their recognition of abnormal heart sounds or enhancing their musculoskeletal exam skills. Help them create an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) and support them in achieving their goals.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Obtain a focused patient history.
  • Engage fully in all aspects of their preceptor’s practice and community life.
  • Understand psychological, social, economic, and cultural factors affecting healthcare.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families.
  • Show respect, empathy, honesty, and integrity, and maintain patient confidentiality.

Preceptor Responsibilities

  • Ensure the student completes at least 20 patient histories and sign off on them.
  • Support the student with their ILP and provide learning opportunities.
  • Communicate any questions or concerns to preceptorship staff.
  • Provide a supervised clinical experience suitable for a first-year medical student and inform patients of the student’s role.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the student.
  • Offer insights into life outside the clinic and involve the student in community and professional activities when possible.
  • Observe the student’s patient interactions to provide constructive feedback.
  • Give verbal feedback throughout the preceptorship and complete evaluations weekly.