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Becoming a Rural Preceptor


Many preceptors find great value in taking students. Preceptors state that they enjoy facilitating growth in student's knowledge and skills, and agree rural precepting provides students with the opportunity to see first-hand what practicing in a rural area is like. If you'd like to learn more about becoming a preceptor, please fill out our interest form HERE. Once we have your interest application, the RUUTE program will reach out and help facilitate the process of being able to take UUSOM students. In order to take and educate students, community preceptors will need to receive adjunct status. Each department retains authority to determine adjunct status; however, we can certainly help in the process. Please visit HERE to fill out the adjunct faculty status application. Please notify the RUUTE team if you are interested in receiving adjunct status and taking our students, as we can help quicken the process and ensure all requirements are fulfilled.

There are many great reasons to become a preceptor with RUUTE and to teach students during one of their core clerkships. Most preceptors, patients, and staff find interacting with medical students an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Additionally, our medical students love the opportunity to expand their education and to work in the community under the supervision of one of our community preceptors.


Clerkship Rotations

Have our medical students learn from you for 1 to 6 weeks on a 3rd (or 4th) year rotation. Clerkship rotations include:

  • Family Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Obstetrics-Gynecology
  • Neurology
  • Critical Care (ICU)


Dr. Lewis

Meet Dr. Ryan Lewis. He is a RUUTE community preceptor, and takes 3rd year students during their general surgery rotation and provides them with a 2 week surgical out-patient experience in St. George. Dr. Lewis has been awarded the RUUTE preceptor of the month award for his outstanding mentorship of UUSOM students. When asked what his favorite thing about working with and teaching medical students he replied, “The students teach me a whole lot more than I feel like I teach them. They come prepared and eager to learn and that motivates me to be better and to want to stay current in my own surgical specialty.” When asked how he got started as a preceptor he replied, “I always enjoyed teaching when I was a resident, and that just seemed to carry forward into my clinical practice. I was always grateful for faculty and residents that took the time to teach me when I was a medical students, and I hope that I am able to maintain the same attitude throughout my career.” We love having the opportunity to work with preceptors and educators such as Dr. Lewis, and hope you consider the opportunity to take and educate our students and pass on your knowledge to the next generation of physicians.

To find more ways to donate towards rural medical student scholarships, please visit the University of Utah School of Medicine Alumni Association website.

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Please contact the RUUTE Team with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.