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:

  • Attend an in-person course orientation. Here you will meet the course instructor, Dr. Jeanne Cawse-Lucas, and discuss what to expect in your preceptorship and strategies to get the most out of the experience.
  • Complete eight, four-hour preceptorship sessions with your preceptor during the quarter you are enrolled (for a total of 32 hours).
  • Post a total of six reflections to the Art of Family Medicine Discussion Board throughout the quarter.
    • One post defining goals for experience at the beginning of the preceptorship
    • One post reflecting on your goals at the end of the preceptorship
    • Four posts, either original or replies to your classmates' posts, reflecting on your experiences.
  • 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. Here you will meet the course instructor, Dr. Amanda Kost, and discuss what to expect in your preceptorship and strategies to get the most out of the experience.
  • Complete four half-day sessions with your preceptor for both autumn and winter quarters (a total of 32 hours). The sessions will be every other week.
  • Complete a log of patient interactions for each clinic session and submit it to the Dropbox online.
  • Post three reflections to the Online Course Discussion Board on the topics of the patient-physician relationship, behavior change, and health literacy. There will be an article to read on each of these topics.
  • Complete an electronic course evaluation.


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