Summer Preceptorship

The Family Medicine Summer Preceptorship provides medical students, between the first and second year, a comprehensive experience in community-based family medicine. Students will work with a family physician in an underserved rural or urban community in the United States. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to have an intensive exposure to the exciting specialty of family medicine early in their medical training.

What Past Students Have to Say about the Family Medicine Summer Preceptorship

“An amazing opportunity to apply what I have learned in medical school.”

“Not only gained a tremendous knowledge base of clinical medicine…but also nurtured the clinical skills and interests that led me to medical school.”

Faculty Supervisors

If you have additional questions, please contact the faculty supervisor for this program:

Sean Reed, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Family Medicine Pre-Doctorial Program

Summer Preceptorship FAQ’s

What is the Summer Preceptorship experience like?

The student will work closely with community physicians. You will have a chance to see patients and practice history taking and physical exam skills while assisting the physician in their office practice and on hospital rounds. You will also have a chance to experience a different community, and gain an understanding of the family physicians role in the community.

Where can I go for the Summer Preceptorship?

Students in previous years have worked in sites all over the country, from a community health center serving a Hispanic community in Northern Virginia, to a small town in Montana. You can go anywhere you wish in the US, as long as the practice is in a rural or an urban underserved area. While you are responsible for locating a site, we will help you find a site that will provide you with a good experience.  We have a list of preceptors who have accepted students in the past.

How long is the preceptorship? And will I get paid?

The preceptorship lasts for 6 weeks. You will receive a stipend for $1800.00 to cover the cost of living and travel expenses. The Family Medicine Department will also pay the University registration fees. (Students will register for summer school and will receive 6 credit hours for this elective.)

What are the objectives of the Summer Preceptorship Program?
  1. To participate and observe the functions of a family doctor in a community practice.
  2. To enhance physical diagnosis skills by observing a wide range of patients with various clinical problems.
  3. To develop an understanding of the unique aspects of a community and its impact on the health care of its residents.
  4. To evaluate the role of the family doctor as a member of a community.
  5. To understand the special and distinctive aspects of the community setting on health care.
How do I apply?

Predoctoral Coordinator will be announcing this via email by early January 2011.

What else do I have to do if I get accepted?

Each student will keep a log of the types of clinical problems encountered each day. At the conclusion of the course, the student will submit his/her log of clinical experiences, along with a brief, two-page essay describing the community in which the practice is based and discussing at least one key health problem which the community faces. In addition, the student will be asked to present the unique aspects of his/her experience to other students in a Family Medicine Interest Group meeting. The on-site family medicine preceptor will complete an evaluation of the student’s clinical and communication skills, as well as his/her professional demeanor.

Who do I contact if I have more questions?

If you have additional questions, please contact the faculty supervisor for this program:

Sean Reed, MD, Family Medicine Pre-Doctoral Director

Grace Bernier, Student Programs Coordinator