Clinical Preceptor Resources

Professional development is the process where academic professionals engage in quality self- improvement and improving academic quality. Physicians are increasingly held to newer educational standards, including assessment of professionalism, communication, teamwork, emotional and social functioning, ethical behavior and reasoning, and self-management skills that are part of the overt curriculum and evaluation process of trainees. The Professional Development Program at UIWSOM was designed to be supportive of both the novice teacher as well as the seasoned professional. For more information please refer to the Clinical Clerkship Handbook.

Consultation Topics

Through a formal annual needs assessment, the Office of Faculty Affairs designs, develops, and delivers theme specific workshops. Clinical Preceptors have direct access to the Office of Faculty Affairs for one-on-one consultations or small group sessions in areas including, but not limited to:

  • SMART Goal Planning
  • Your Role as a Preceptor
  • Adult Learning Principles and Concepts
  • Managing Conflict
  • What Medical Students Learn During Clerkship
  • Clerkship and Mental Health
  • Learning Styles / Multiple Intelligences
  • How to Encourage Engagement 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Managing Workload
  • Assessing Clinical Skills 
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Giving Your Colleague Feedback
  • Curriculum Orientation
  • Designing your Professional Development Plan (PDP)
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Assessment/Evaluation
  • How to be an Effective Preceptor
  • Aquifer Training
  • Roles and Expectations
  • Managing Learners who Refuse to Engage
  • How to Manage Testing Anxiety
  • From Resident to Teacher
  • Accountability in Your Role
  • IRB 101
  • Medical Malpractice – What Does it Mean?
  • Seven Mistakes Made While Teaching
  • Bedside Teaching
  • Effective Communication Strategies
  • Strategies for Teaching Medical Students
  • Medical Student Professionalism
  • Compliance Training
  • Setting Learning Expectations
  • How to be a Better Teacher
  • Test Taking Skills
  • Managing Difficult Employees
  • How to Document a Concern
  • The Basics of Clinical Research
  • Learning Outcomes and Session Objectives in Medical Education

AACOM provides great resources for advisors and preceptors in medical education. Preceptors videos, student career planning guide, and a preceptor education scholar module will support your navigation through your role as a preceptor. We encourage you to take some time and visit their website for additional resources and information.

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated drastic changes in medical education. To help family medicine faculty continue to provide quality education to residents and students, while at the same time being attentive to patients and communities, STFM has aggregated resources identified by members and staff. Visit their COVID-19 Resources page for more information. 

A major benefit to a preceptor is the professional stimulation and excitement of being involved in a dynamic educational program. For some preceptors, involvement may also be an opportunity to gain experience as teachers and renew an affiliation with the academic world. Preceptors are awarded clinical academic rank at UIWSOM, and are given access to the medical library and library services, as well as faculty development and CME programs. Adjunct faculty also receive CME credit (AOA/AMA) for precepting students. The experience of learning through working with students/professionals has been found to be an enriching one. For many preceptors, the greatest satisfaction comes from playing an essential role in the academic and professional development of our next generation of physicians.

If you know someone who might be interested in becoming a preceptor, please our Preceptor homepage.