The individual preceptorship (IP) pairs one first year student with one clinical faculty member to work in an authentic patient care setting every other week during the first 19 months of medical school (phase 1). Students will interview patients to obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, and counsel patients. In the IP, students transfer skills that they practice in our Clinical Education Center with our standardized patients immediately to the care of real patients. Students learn with the direct observation and supervision of their experienced clinician mentor, who gives specific feedback that helps them develop the competencies of patient care, effective communication, and continuous learning, and who also serves as a role model for patient interactions.
Students tell us that the IP provides motivation and context for learning basic science content; for example, as students are learning genetics, they are obtaining a family history and creating a pedigree for a real patient. As they learn respiratory physiology, they examine the lungs in the clinical setting. IP students report feeling well prepared in basic clinical skills they need as they enter clinical clerkships in the third year.
IP Faculty Leader and Curriculum Coordinator
Heather Heiman, MD