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. Students may only participate in the Preceptorship Program one time. 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. If students do not have time to complete a preceptorship over the summer, they are also welcome to precept during their spring or winter break of their first or 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. Please note, TPS does not provide housing assistance. Over two hundred pediatricians from around the State have qualified to be preceptors. If you know of a pediatrician 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.
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, visit the student information page for further details.
WHEN TO APPY:
First and second-year students may currently apply for a wainter 2020 or summer 2021 preceptorship. Deadline for general admissions in the summer 2021 program will be March 31, 2021. Applications sent in after March 31 will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Third and fourth-year students may apply anytime during the year, at least one month prior to the requested dates of the preceptorship.
First and second year students are able to receive a stipend for their work during their winter and summer breaks. Students serving in areas that do not qualify as medically underserved recieve $3,000 per their four week commitment. Students working in medically underserved areas qualify for a $5,000 stipend per their four week commitment. Students who rotate for two or three weeks will qualify for a prorated stipend. Due to the nature of the program and budgeting, third and fourth year students are not able to receive a stipend at this time. These amounts are subject to change annually.
The Preceptorship Program office in Austin is responsible for scheduling the preceptorship.
For additional information, please contact:
Anslee Boozer, Pediatric Preceptorship Program Coordinator
401 W. 15th St., Suite 682
fax (512) 473-8659