The volunteer faculty physicians in the University of Kansas School of Medicine are one of the most valued teaching assets. There are well over 2,500 physicians who volunteer their time to host students in their practices and teach many specialties. Rural physicians contribute a significant portion of that teaching. There are currently 220 active rural preceptors in our combined network. Preceptors can select their calendar availability, the number of students per year, the particular medical education programs and educational level in which they want to be involved.
An academic appointment in the School of Medicine is needed to serve as a volunteer faculty. You can learn more in the Volunteer Faculty Information Guide.
Becoming a volunteer faculty member is a 3 step process:
- Submit a current curriculum vitae, active email account, and home address
- The above information is then processed through the Office of Rural Medical Education, Department for Chair signature, School of Medicine Office of Academic Affairs and then to the campus dean for final approval.
Request a Faculty Appointment
Notification of initial appointment is sent by the United States Postal Service. Subsequent contact is sent through email, necessitating the need for a current and active email address. Your privacy is very important to us, and no information is sold or used in any other capacity than the School of Medicine educational programs.
There are several benefits serving as a volunteer preceptor. Most say students energize them and report that the students teach them almost as much as they teach the students.
Patients also report that having students in the office enhances the clinical experience.
Additional advantages to serving as a preceptor include:
- Up to 20 hours of Continuing Education credit - self reported
- A KU-School of Medicine network account, which offers access to:
- KU Medical Center library resources, including the ability to download full print articles.
- Access to UpToDate if the preceptor hosts a student at least every 90 days and has an account.
*Access to the School of Medicine network requires your social security number to register in the system. To join, please send an email to email@example.com to request an account.
Checklist to Host Medical Education Students
Clinical precepting faculty development
Rural Medical Education Network
Faculty Affairs and Development
School of Medicine Kansas City Campus Rural Programs
Salina Rural Programs
Wichita Rural Programs
Mar 16, 2018