|The SIU Department of Family & Community Medicine’s preceptorship program began in 1981 and now includes over 160 board-certified family physicians. Preceptors serve an invaluable role in the education of medical students by providing an opportunity to use medical knowledge in a rural or urban office setting under the supervision of a family physician. As clinical faculty members with SIU, preceptors are community physicians who have met the established criteria and have agreed to provide a two-to-five week educational experience for students. Students assist in patient care in both the ambulatory and hospital setting under the direct supervision of the preceptor, participating as fully as possible in day-to-day activities such as office procedures, night call, nursing home and home visits, business meetings and conferences and various other activities in which the preceptor may participate.
The 27-year old Preceptor Program is an integral part of the curriculum. The preceptors highlight the important role that family physicians contribute to meeting the healthcare demands of the future and in the training of medical students. Most importantly, the preceptors provide medical students with a longitudinal view of the elements of a Patient-Centered Medical Home.
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