Family Medicine Preceptorship

Family Medicine 501 is an introductory preceptorship for first and second year Medical School Students. Students are matched with a Seattle area family physician for Fall, Winter or Spring quarters. Students may choose to enroll in the class for more than one quarter.

What sorts of experiences can I expect in a Family Medicine Preceptorship?

The diversity of our volunteer preceptors' practices and interests truly captures the diversity of family medicine as a specialty. We have preceptors in private or small group practices, at academic medical centers, in Patient Centered Medical Homes, Community Health Clinics, and more!

Before we match you with a preceptor, you'll complete a survey to determine specific experiences you may be interested in that will help us to make the best match possible. These experiences include hospital care, prenatal care, sports medicine, deliveries, orthopedics, nursing home visits, taking call, complementary/alternative medicine, underserved medicine, and electronic charting.

Many of our preceptors love sharing their healthcare related interests outside the clinic with students. These opportunities include involvement in teaching, research, policy, and regional and national leadership. Our preceptors are passionate about what they do and love sharing the joys of primary care with preclinical students!

FAMED 501 vs. FAMED 502

The Family Medicine Preceptorship comes in two varieties. FAMED 501 is a one-quarter experience where first and second year students work with preceptors within the community one half-day each week for eight weeks. Limited to only six first year students each year, FAMED 502 offers a longitudinal preceptorship for students strongly interested in a continuity experience in Family Medicine. This preceptorship is every other week for autumn and winter quarters with optional enrollment in spring, if desired.
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What are the Course Requirements for FAMED 501?

The Family Medicine Preceptorship is 2 credits (vs 1 credit for other specialties) because we have requirements outside of the 32 hours of working with a preceptor. In order to receive credit, students must complete all of the following:

  • The course orientation is mandatory for students the first quarter of enrollment in FAMED 501. Here you will meet the course director, Dr. Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, and she will discuss the requirements in more detail. She will also let you know what sorts of things you can expect from your preceptorship and how to get the most out of the experience. After the course orientation, please identify two goals that you would like to achieve during your Family Medicine Preceptorship.
  • Complete eight, four-hour preceptorship sessions with your preceptor during the quarter you are enrolled (for a total of 32 hours).
  • Use the GLEAM Tool with your preceptor. The GLEAM Tool was developed to be used by preceptors to get to know students in the learning environment. We want you to use this tool with your preceptor to facilitate a conversation around your Goals, Learning style, Experiences, Activities, and More.
  • Complete a checklist for every session. The checklist describes certain required and optional activities for you to complete, either by observing or performing them, during the preceptorship. You do not have to do every item every time, but please observe and perform every required activity at least once.
  • Read "Refocusing the System." Barbara Starfield was a leading researcher on primary care both domestically and abroad.
  • Do one case-based clinical topic. Please identify a patient whose medical condition interests you or relates to your classwork. Research the medical condition and do a brief presentation on the topic to your preceptor the next week (5 minutes is fine).
  • Complete at least one reflection on your experience by the end of the quarter on the Discussion Board. You are required to post at least one reflection about your experiences on the board by the end of the quarter, however we encourage you to do more. Starting discussions with your classmates can enhance your experience and give you an understanding of precepting from different perspectives.
  • Complete an electronic course evaluation.

What are the Course Requirements for FAMED 502?

FAMED 502 is designed for students with a strong interest in Family Medicine who desire a strong continuity experience. Instead of precepting weekly for one quarter, the sessions are spread out to every other week during autumn and winter quarters with the option of continuing in the spring. In order to receive credit, students must complete all of the following:

  • Attend an in-person course orientation. The course orientation is mandatory for students the first quarter of enrollment in FAMED 501. Here you will meet the course director, Dr. Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, and she will discuss the requirements in more detail. She will also let you know what sorts of things you can expect from your preceptorship and how to get the most out of the experience. After the course orientation, please identify two goals that you would like to achieve during your Family Medicine Preceptorship.
  • Attend at least 8 half-day sessions with your preceptor, usually about 4 per quarter. We understand that if your preceptorship is far from campus it may be necessary to leave your preceptorship early in order to make it to afternoon classes.
  • Enroll and complete at least 2 consecutive quarters of the course. You have the option of continuing with your preceptorship through spring quarter.
  • Use the GLEAM Tool with your preceptor. The GLEAM Tool was developed to be used by preceptors to get to know students in the learning environment. We want you to use this tool with your preceptor to facilitate a conversation around your Goals, Learning style, Experiences, Activities, and More.
  • Complete a checklist for every session. The checklist describes certain required and optional activities for you to complete, either by observing or performing them, during the preceptorship. You do not have to do every item every time, but please observe and perform every required activity at least once.
  • Read "Refocusing the System." Barbara Starfield was a leading researcher on primary care both domestically and abroad.
  • Do one case-based clinical topic. Please identify a patient whose medical condition interests you or relates to your classwork. Research the medical condition and do a brief presentation on the topic to your preceptor the next week (5 minutes is fine).
  • Complete at least one reflection on your experience by the end of EACH quarter on the Discussion Board. You are required to post at least two reflections about your experiences on the board by the end of each quarter, however we encourage you to do more. Starting discussions with your classmates can enhance your experience and give you an understanding of precepting from different perspectives. The first reflection should be on community resources that you have seen your preceptor utilize, the second should be on continuity of care.
  • Complete an electronic course evaluation.


Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, M.D.
Course Chair
E304 Health Sciences
(206) 543-9425
cawse@uw.edu
Ivan Henson
Course Coordinator
E304 Health Sciences
(206) 543-9425
famed@uw.edu