New preceptor management database for student rotations
May 07, 2018
In May 2018, fourth year medical students will be the first to test phase 1 of the new preceptor database management system. This web-based, secured system allows students and preceptors to complete profiles, including their background and interests. Learners are then matched to faculty for their clinical rotations. Currently, students can view the list of volunteer faculty by region, city or practice characteristics and then rank their preferences. Forms are then automatically sent directly to the Office of Rural Medical Education to finalize placement. Many preceptors practice in rural communities, so systems like this will help better coordinate and match students for rural practice opportunities.
There are multiple phases planned, and eventually the system can be used for any course or school on our other campuses. The system is also designed to improve communication and to allow the volunteer faculty to better manage their teaching activities. The goal is to allow students to have more input on their placements, and in turn create a better experience.