During the 2011 Legislative Session, the Texas Legislature zeroed out the funding for the General Pediatric Preceptorship Program. The Texas Pediatric Society fully funded the program in 2012, but has decided suspend the program for 2013, or until such time as funding can be reinstated. Therefore, no students will be matched after the end of the 2012 calendar year.
Our hope is that the Texas Legislature will reinstate funding for the program during the upcoming Legislative Session. Thank you to each of you for the time and dedication that you provided to the program over the past 15 years. We will keep you updated should the funding be reinstated for 2014. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
The General Pediatric Preceptorship Program was a statewide program funded by the Texas Legislature and administered by the Texas Pediatric Society from 1995-2012 in coordination with the eight Texas medical schools. In this program, medical students were placed (through a matching process) with pediatricians in private practice for a four-week period to learn at a practical level about general pediatric practice.
Former preceptorship students share their experience in this 8½ min clip. It may take 5-15 min to download to your computer. This file is viewable by Windows Media Player or Real Player.
Since summer 1996, almost 2000 students have successfully completed pediatric preceptorships through the statewide program. Outcome studies are being done on students who participated in the preceptorship program. Information on residency matches for 1999-2012 indicates that approximately 37% of preceptorship students entered pediatric residency programs.
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Austin, Texas 78701