Preceptorship (FPMD 7200)
University of Utah medical students only
Two to 12 weeks
This fourth year elective, like the Family Medicine Clerkship, will expose the students to the role and capabilities of family physicians as primary care doctors in their local settings. Students will also be introduced to other elements of the health care delivery system in the community that support and complement the services provided by the primary care physician.
Students will spend the majority of their time in clinical activities, including office, hospital, nursing home, and home health care visits with their preceptors. The remainder of time will be spent learning and experiencing other elements of the health care system in the preceptor's community (hospital and medical staff issues, public health agencies, occupational and environmental health risks), as well as independent study.
Students have the opportunity to work with family physicians in urban, suburban, or rural areas, in or out-of-state. A network of preceptors has already been established by the department. However, students may request opportunities to work with board certified family physicians outside of that network. A credentialing process is necessary to accommodate those requests, so students should contact the Medical Student Education Office three months before their rotations.
Rural student placements are financially supported with grant money from Intermountain Healthcare and the Utah AHEC. Students requesting placements with out-of-state physicians, unless they are practicing in federally designated medically underserved areas or Intermountain Healthcare communities, generally do not receive any funding from the department.