The four-week rural preceptorship allows fourth-year medical students the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills of a generalist physician acquired during the third-year clerkships. Application of these skills will take place in a rural setting, which provides optimum opportunities for student learning from integrated, multiple sites. Preceptorships are offered in the primary care medicine disciplines of internal medicine, pediatrics and family medicine.
The program emphasizes the challenge of practicing primary care medicine in areas away from the influence of the tertiary care medical center and urban living. Many rural populations are considered to be underserved and through this preceptorship students gain an understanding of issues facing physicians and their patients. Practicing medicine in rural areas is often done with limited resources and students will need to rely on their previous medical education experiences.
Contact Debra Lea, Senior Coordinator, for further information.