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Preceptor Resources

Welcome to Strategies in Clinical Teaching, a Resource for Community Based Faculty

Thank you for serving the University of Kansas School of Medicine by providing valuable community clinical experiences for our students and other learners.

Preceptor Development Workshop Series

Educational webinars for physicians becoming preceptors for KUMC medical students and obtaining Volunteer Faculty Appointments.

This live virtual course is designed for community preceptors who teach KU School of Medicine students in their local practices. It is intended to prepare preceptors to effectively teach and assess learners as well as communicate and collaborate with the medical school.

CME Credit: Credit Statement-4 AMA PRA Category 1 credits (1 credit per session)

Preceptors are highly encouraged to participate in all four sessions via Zoom. If you do not have the Zoom app, you will need to download it at no charge. Pre-work for each session is essential for effective participation in the live session and for CME credit. Partial CME credit will be available if participation in a specific live session is not possible. Live sessions will be recorded for review later, but CME credit will not be available.

The workshop series (four sessions) will be offered twice each calendar year.  Each 45-minute session will be offered twice per date at 7:15 a.m. AND 12:15 p.m. to accommodate practice schedules. The first workshop series in 2021 will be held on February 11th, March 11th, April 8th, and May 13th.  The second workshop series will be scheduled later in the year. 




Session 1 



Preceptor Welcome & Orientation

This session will serve as an introduction to the preceptor experience including expectations and resources.


Learning Objectives

Describe expectations for precepting KU students including:

·       Scheduling of student experiences

·       Student expectations and learning objectives

·       Reporting/communication with KUSM (Kansas City & Wichita)

·       Finding support resources—people and materials

·       Work schedules and hours

Office staff and other colleagues


Welcome & Expectations:
Mike Kennedy, MD
Lynn Fisher, MD


Scheduling & Reporting: 
Neesa Montoya




Student Expectations for their Rural Preceptorship – 24 minutes



Scheduling and Reporting – 7 minutes



Checklist to host medical students



VFA Handbook Final_4.6.2018

Session 2



Orienting Learners to Clinical Learning Environment

This session will focus on the medical education curriculum and student support at KU School of Medicine.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, preceptors will be able to:

·       Review the ACE curriculum

·       Adhere to legal and compliance issues concerning learners including sexual harassment and discrimination



ACE Overview:
Joe Fontes, PhD


Student Affairs:
Lauren Parker






Review Website


Implicit Bias in Health Professions—5 min


Preceptor Development Student Affairs – 6 minutes



The ACE Curriculum Experience – 14 minutes



Session 3



Effective Teaching in the Clinical Setting

This session will address effective teaching strategies in the clinical setting.


Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, preceptors will be able to:

Employ efficient and effective precepting methods in busy practice











Panel of preceptors around the state to share best practices



Review the following on the KUSM Preceptor Resource website (brief reading):


Bedside Teaching


Giving Short Talks on the Run



The One Minute Preceptor—2 min


Teaching at the Bedside—2 min

Teaching in Front of Patients

Teaching with Time Constraints 

Session 4 



Assessment in the Clinical Setting

This session will focus on learner assessment strategies including the KU School of Medicine Clinical Performance Review (CPR).


Learning Objectives

At the end of this session, preceptors will be able to:


·       Give effective feedback and formative assessment throughout the experience

·       Provide an end-of experience summative assessment

·       Construct an effective, brief narrative assessment

·       Complete the KUSM CPA

Assessment of Learners in Clinical Setting & KUSM Clinical Performance Assessment form:

Scott Moser, MD




Watch the following videos:

·       Giving Effective Feedback


·       Plus-Delta (2 minutes and 30 seconds):



·       Clinical assessment (8 minutes and 13 seconds):



·       Assessing Students:


CPA - Midterm Evaluation Form

CPA - Final Evaluation Form


Recordings of previous presentations:

Documents and Forms

This site provides mini-modules on common teaching strategies, each designed to provide practical information on teaching in the community setting.  Because the focus is on "community faculty," we will use this term and "preceptor" or "supervisor" interchangeably throughout the site. We will also use "medical student", "student", and "learner" interchangeably though the resources apply to a variety of clinical settings, clinical instructors, and learners. The education of our students depends on your expertise and enthusiasm for teaching. There is no single "best way" to teach medical students; the best clinical teachers use a variety of techniques. Students are adult learners so your role is more similar to coaching than traditional classroom teaching. Most teaching skills are similar or identical to skills required for patient care so you are already a skilled clinical teacher.  And, as a "coach," you can draw on both positive and negative experiences in your own education.   

  • Orienting Students: Getting off to a good start prevents most problems!
  • One Minute Preceptor: An established approach to clinical teaching that is both efficient and effective.
  • Active Observation: How to apply your keen patient observation skills to students
  • Assessing Students: The basics of formative assessment (feedback throughout the rotation) and summative assessment (end-of-rotation) and how to make them easier for you and more beneficial for your students.
  • Bedside Teaching: Link to resources to make the most of this time-honored method of clinical instruction
  • Giving Short Talks on the Run: Ideas to offer just-in-time mini-lectures of 5 minutes or less.
  • Preceptor Pearls: Brief reference materials on a wide range of topics including primers on evidence-based medicine, motivational interviewing and other communication skills.
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Community-Based Teaching: Some of the most common questions about teaching are addressed on the site in our FAQ but please let us know how we can help make teaching as effective, efficient, and enjoyable as possible for you.
  • Bibliography

We update this site regularly. Please send comments and suggestions on the site or other aspects of teaching at KU School of Medicine to

Acknowledgements Thanks to Dr. Anne Walling, Dr. Brent Beasley, Dr. Scott Moser and others for starting this site in 2003 through a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant.

Last modified: Jun 22, 2021