Preceptorship Program Goals and Objectives

Student Packet: Goals and Objectives for Physicians and Students

Background
In 1995, as a result of legislation enacted by the Texas Legislature, a statewide program in general pediatrics was created. The Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) was chosen to implement and administer the program with oversight by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The General Pediatric Preceptorship Program is one of three primary care preceptorship programs in the state. Students from Texas medical schools are eligible to participate. General pediatricians from all areas of the state serve as preceptors. Students are encouraged to do preceptorships in rural or underserved areas.

Overall Program Goals
The General Pediatric Preceptorship Program provides an opportunity for medical students (both preclinical and clinical) to experience a practical, clinical learning environment in the office of a practicing general pediatrician. The program is intended to encourage pre-clinical students to develop an interest in and excitement for general community pediatrics. Students who are considering pediatrics as a career should find this experience very helpful in making their career decision. Fourth year students who may have already decided to go into pediatrics will further develop practical, hands-on pediatric skills and broaden their understanding of the knowledge and training necessary to run a pediatric practice.

Expectations and Objectives
While the individual student's experience may vary dependent upon the particular preceptor's practice, the following expectations and objectives will be a part of all students' experience in the General Pediatric Preceptorship Program.

The preceptorship is intended to expose the student to:

  1. The wide range of clinical problems seen by pediatricians in outpatient and inpatient settings;
  2. The challenges and rewards of maintaining a pediatric practice;
  3. The relationship of the pediatrician to other health care providers; and
  4. The role of the pediatrician in his/her community.

During the preceptorship the student is expected to:

  1. Take his/her responsibilities as a medical student seriously.
  2. Arrive on time for the required components of the preceptorial experience.
  3. Express an interest in the underlying content material of a pediatric practice.
  4. Interact courteously and professionally with members of the staff and patients.
  5. Actively solicit help when he/she needs it.
  6. Listen to and accept feedback in a constructive manner.

Following the preceptorship, the student should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate commitment to patient care.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to establish rapport with patients.
  3. Ask questions about and express some understanding of the nature of the practice of pediatrics.
  4. Recognize the potential importance of the child and home environment in the management of patient problems.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship of pediatricians to their community.
  6. Demonstrate an awareness of and the appropriate use of community resources available for comprehensive patient care.
  7. Take a history that is appropriate for his/her level of training.
  8. Perform examinations that are appropriate for his/her level of training.
  9. Demonstrate a fund of basic knowledge that is appropriate for his/her level of training.
  10. Develop an understanding of practice management (or the business side of practice), which involves staffing, billing procedures, scheduling, record keeping, and personnel policies.

For additional information, please contact:
Anslee Boozer, General Pediatric Preceptorship Program Coordinator
401 West 15th Street, Suite 682
Austin, Texas 78701
(512) 370-1563