Rush Medical College has launched a new preceptor program, the Student Continuity Experience. Part of a broader restructuring of Rush’s preclinical curriculum initiative, this mentoring program will give students the opportunity to spend two half-days each month for two years in the office of a physician practicing continuity of care medicine.
The Student Continuity Experience is designed to provide a strong foundation in clinical skills and to enhance student competencies in interviewing, physical exams, medical ethics, professionalism, problem-solving and clinical reasoning.
Volunteer preceptors expose students to real-life clinical situations, where they learn about disease prevention, health promotion and patient advocacy. The program is a critical component of students’ medical training, cultivating the connection between doctor and patient as part of the formal medical education process and helping to train physicians who are poised to meet the future challenges in health care delivery.
Professional Advantages to Volunteering Volunteering as a preceptor offers the following professional advantages:
- All preceptors may apply for a faculty appointment at Rush Medical College in the Department of Internal Medicine, the Department of Family Medicine or the Department of Pediatrics.
- Participating preceptors will receive documentation of teaching, eligible for Category 2 Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association (AMA PRA) or Prescribed Credit from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
- All physician preceptors with faculty status are entitled to borrowing services at the RUMC library, as well as a full spectrum of electronic media including MEDLINE and OVID literature retrieval services.
- Most important, as a preceptor in this program, you have the opportunity to participate in and influence the medical training of a future physician colleague.
Requirements and For More InformationVolunteer preceptors must be willing to mentor students for two half-days per month, for a period of two years; to work directly with students to achieve the program objectives; to assess and evaluate student attendance, motivation, interpersonal skills, effort and commitment; and to provide feedback regarding the program.
To enroll as a volunteer preceptor, download the registration form.