WRITE Preceptor Information
Preceptor Roles And Responsibilities - Overview
It is anticipated that each physician preceptor will play the roles of both clinical teacher and mentor for the student; these responsibilities include the education and training of a student, which begins with a clear set of boundaries and parameters and which can bring out the best in each student.
One or more of the clinic physicians will be designated as primary preceptor(s)/site coordinator(s), but it is not expected that they will be the only preceptor(s) teaching the student. Involve willing and available community physicians in the teaching process. Clarify with them the goals and objectives of the WRITE Program prior to their working with the student.
The primary preceptor(s) will be responsible for the following:
- Attending (or designating a member of the faculty to attend) the WRITE Orientation prior to the start of the on-site portion of the program
- Discussing both the student’s and the preceptor’s/site’s expectations of the experience and orienting the student to the site
- Providing the student with a comprehensive orientation to the clinical practices and hospital(s) in the medical community
- Introducing the student to staff and health professionals with whom they will be in contact (i.e., reception, security, attendings, etc.)
- Explaining and establishing effective practice routines for hospital, emergency room, nursing home and house calls
- Acquainting the student with site-specific procedures regarding exposure, needle-sticks, emergencies, etc. (see Universal Precautions).
- Directing and coordinating the student’s educational experience during the time that they are in the community and helping the student to integrate basic scientific knowledge with practical, clinical problem-solving skills
- Assigning patients “of their own” for the student to follow and observe treatment outcomes during their stay in the WRITE community (these can be nursing home patients)
- Designing and submitting to the WWAMI Regional Office a scheduling grid to ensure that the student receives experience in all areas and which will balance the professional and academic requirements with the student’s personal needs; arrange the student’s schedule so that he/she has call and time off at the same time as their assigned preceptor
- Spending time with the student outside of the “work” environment so that he/she is exposed to the lifestyle and community role of a rural primary care physician
- Working with the student to assist her/him in settling into the community; providing information on schools, restaurants, activities and all the other “jewels” within the area
- If possible, arranging with any local newspapers, radio stations or television stations to interview the student regarding the WRITE Program; this has been found to be an excellent way to introduce the student to the community and to advertise your practice--all of this with the student's permission (see FERPA).
- Assessing what types of clinical problems the student has not had an opportunity to observe and when possible, making these experiences available to the student as they arise
- Observing student on a regular basis and following up with daily integrated and scheduled weekly & monthly feedback, including completing and submitting the monthly Progress Report & Feedback Forms (and department mid-end clerkship review forms at mid-session).
- Assisting the student in coordinating and hosting two (possibly three) UWSOM faculty visitors
- Reviewing the student's progress on the Community Service Project to be certain that it can be completed by the end of the WRITE program
- Disseminating WRITE information to appropriate faculty and staff within the medical community
- End of session evaluations are to be done using UWSOM's E*Value system. More information will be sent from each department closer to the evaluation due date, including a link into the system.
- Being available for a WRITE close-out session with student and WWAMI Regional Dean, whereupon all final paperwork can be submitted.
- You can expect your WRITE student to request a letter of recommendation from you upon completion of the WRITE program. It is important to complete this letter as soon as possible, while the details of your experience with this student are still fresh. Keep it on file for submission to the Student Affairs office once it is requested
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