Student Packet: Facts About the General Pediatric Preceptorship Program
WHAT IS THE GENERAL PEDIATRIC PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM? WHY SHOULD STUDENTS PARTICIPATE?
The Pediatric Preceptorship Program is a four-week program in which students are matched with a general pediatrician in private practice providing students an opportunity to experience pediatric practice first-hand, away from the medical school setting. The Texas Pediatric Society administers the program through a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Pediatricians throughout the State serve as preceptors. In the program, students will learn about general pediatric practice including common pediatric medical and developmental conditions, office management, hospital practice, and community services for children.
WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES?
Students are eligible for the program upon completion of the first year of medical school and through the clinical level as a fourth-year elective. Rotations must be completed with a pediatrician that is office or clinic based, and practices 50% or more general pediatrics. Students must be enrolled in a Texas medical school and the preceptorship must take place in Texas.
WHERE AND WHEN IS THE PROGRAM OFFERED?
Preclinical students may do the preceptorship in the Summer between the first and second year. Clinical students may take this elective during their third or fourth year of medical school. You may choose a program in or near your home town, or a place you might like to settle. Over two hundred pediatricians from around the state have qualified to be preceptors. The program coordinator at each school has a list of current preceptors. If you know of a pediatrician who is not on this list with whom you would like to work with the Preceptorship Program office in Austin will be happy to contact the physician and try to arrange the preceptorship for you.
ARE STUDENTS COMPENSATED FOR THE PRECEPTORSHIP?
Unfortunately, due to the loss of the state funding for the program, we are no longer able to offer compensation for rotations. All rotations through the program are now unpaid.
WHAT ARE THE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM?
Preclinical students will be introduced to a wide range of experiences designed to encourage an interest in and excitement for general community pediatrics. Students who are considering pediatrics as a career should find this experience helpful in making their career decision. Clinical students who may have already decided on a specialty will further develop practical, hands-on pediatric skills to broaden their understanding and training necessary to run a pediatric practice.
HOW DO YOU APPLY FOR THE PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM?
Students are required to complete a Student Profile giving information about themselves and their choice of dates/location for the preceptorship. Students may apply online at www.txpeds.org.
WHEN TO APPLY:
First-year students may apply for the program as soon as possible, beginning December 1, 2011. Deadline for applications for the summer 2012 program is March 3, 2012. Applications and requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Third and fourth-year students may apply anytime during the year, at least one month prior to the requested dates of the preceptorship.
The Preceptorship Program office in Austin is responsible for scheduling the preceptorship.
For additional information, please contact:
Amy White, Director of TPS Foundation and the General Pediatric Preceptorship Program
401 West 15th Street, Suite 682
Austin, Texas 78701