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Rural Preceptors

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An academic appointment in the School of Medicine is needed to serve as a volunteer faculty. You can learn more by visiting the Faculty Affairs website.

Becoming a volunteer faculty member is a 3-step process:

    1. Email a current curriculum vitae, active email account, and home address
    2. 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.

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.

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:

  • Access to databases in Dykes Library
  • Professional development instruction
  • Information regarding grants and other resources for funding
  • Family physicians can claim prescribed credit through the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) if they so choose. The AAFP states that medical student teaching may qualify for up to 20 hours of CE credit per year. Please refer to the AAFP CME website about reporting self-directed learning activities under the topic of teaching.
  • Teaching students in a clinical setting may qualify for self-reported AMA PRA category 2 credit. According to AMA standards we cannot certify or advertise that any medical student teaching activity qualifies for credit. A physician must individually assess the educational value of each learning experience to determine if it's appropriate to claim for Category 2 Credit. Please follow the guidelines for reporting these activities as per the AMA guidelines. Please refer to the AMA publication "The AMA Physician’s Recognition Award and credit system" for more information. Specific information about AMA PRA Category 2 Credit can be found on page 10 in their booklet.

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Last modified: Apr 26, 2021
Contact Us

Jennifer McKenney
Jennifer McKenney
Associate Dean for Rural Health Education

Richard Fox
Richard Fox, D.O.
Assistant Dean for Rural Health Education

Neesa Montoya, Administrator
Neesa Butler
Program Manager

Courtney Darrah
Courtney Darrah
Administrative Assistant

FAX: 913-588-5259
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Mail Stop 2001
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160