Reno/Sparks/Carson City areas

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Year 1 Practice of Medicine (POM) and Year 2 Advanced Clinical Skills (ACS) Preceptorships

One of the strengths of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine's curriculum is early clinical exposure mentored by skilled community faculty. Preceptorships are mentoring experiences in which School of Medicine community faculty members give personal instruction, training and supervision to medical students during their first two years of medical school.

Preceptorships offer students an opportunity to follow a patient over time, to get to know primary care and some specialty care, and to experience a clinical setting.

The preceptorship offers reciprocal benefits. Community faculty, who participate in this course, share that they feel a sense of satisfaction of teaching the next generation of physicians and modeling the professionalism they experienced as students.

As a community based medical school, we recognize and appreciate the support, resources and time community faculty contribute as preceptors.

Interested in learning more about the Preceptorship? Below are some frequently asked questions.

What is the goal of a Preceptorship?

Overall, medical students spend time with their assigned preceptor building the foundation of the basic skills of a physician within the preceptors' offices.

  • YEAR 1: In the first year, students are encouraged to develop their history taking and physical exam skills, as well as communication skills with patients, families, colleagues and other health professionals.
  • YEAR 2: In the second year, students are encouraged to develop their presentation skills and patient note documentation skills in addition to refining their history and physical exam skills.

How much time does it take to be a Preceptor?

We recognize the importance of your time. Therefore the preceptorship is only one (1) afternoon a week for a total of nine (9) visits (i.e. 9 afternoons for only one semester with one medical student). The POM preceptorship runs during the spring semester of the first year and fall semester of the second year.

What will I receive for becoming a Preceptor?

Community faculty members registered with the Office for Community Faculty and participating as preceptors are eligible for a variety of university and community benefits including discounts on computers and software, access to the Savitt Medical Library and the UNR Lombardi Recreation Center and more.

What do I have to do to become a Preceptor?

If you are interested in learning more or would like to sign up to become a preceptor, please provide your contact information to the Office for Community Faculty (OCF). Dr. April Heiselt, Director of the Office for Community Faculty, will provide you with information on becoming a community faculty member with the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. She will also forward your information to Amy McFarland, Director of Community Based Medical Education and Preceptorship Director. You will be contacted by Amy and a brief orientation meeting will be arranged to discuss the preceptorship goals, objectives and expectations. Once you have completed your orientation, you will be provided with application materials to obtain a community faculty appointment within the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine.

To participate as a Practice of Medicine/Advanced Clinical Skills preceptor, physicians must have:

  • An unencumbered medical license
  • Medical malpractice coverage
  • Completion of an UNSOM community faculty appointment
  • And a willingness to want to teach the future generation of physicians

Who should I contact if I have questions?

Please contact Dr. April Heiselt, Director of the Office for Community Faculty at (775) 682-7684 for community faculty questions and Amy McFarland, Practice of Medicine Preceptorship Director and Director of Community Based Medical Education, (775) 682-7734 for questions regarding the preceptorship.