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Clinical Practice Preceptorship

Preceptor Information

Expectations and Role of Preceptor
  • Help student to see the relevance of the basic science information she/he is studying to future work in clinical practice.
  • Attempt to present student with patients related to the themes that underlie the instructional program in the basic medical sciences.
  • Arrange to meet with assigned student at a mutually agreeable time and frequency. Students are required to meet at a minimum four times a year, and are encourage to meet more frequently.  Visits are usually an afternoon, although no length is specified.  Student is responsible for contacting you and making mutually convenient appointments. Most lectures are during the morning hours so most clinic visits must be in the afternoon.
  •  Introduce student to the clinical environment, the team of health providers and introduces discussion issues relevant to community based medical practice. 
  • Arrange opportunities, as feasible, for students to observe and/or assist with medical activities in multiple venues, for example:
    • X-ray procedures
    • Laboratory procedures & lab operation
    • Nursing station routine
    • Public health practices & reporting requirements
    • Emergency room activities
    • Autopsies
    • Hospital rounds
    • Routine procedures
    • Hospital admission routine work
    • Hospice care
    • Nursing home rounds
    • Operating room
      • Student must have viewed introductory tape and have approval of operating room supervisor
  • Discuss factors involved in office or clinic practice, i.e. time management, record keeping, informed consent, as appropriate.
  • Introduce student to colleagues who can facilitate access to patients with problems exemplifying different basic science problems, as appropriate.
  • Introduce student to some of the difficult decisions and ethical issues in medicine: dealing with dying patients, abortion, sexuality, poor prognosis, definition of death, grief, etc.
  • Introduce student to the importance and knowledge of other health care professionals.
  • Is a professional role model to the student.
  • Define appropriate dress and behavior for the student.
  • Complete and returns a brief on-line evaluation of the student’s performance at the end of the academic year.
  • NOTE: Please recognize that your student is a first year medical student, with clinical training limited to that which you have imparted to the student.  Please do not give the student any responsibilities for patient care that are not under your DIRECT SUPERVISION.
  • Communicate problems and/or suggestions for improvement in the Clinical Practice Preceptorship to the Program Director, Dr. Robert Woodward by email to rtwoodwa@illinois.edu.
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