Welcome Congratulations! You have almost finished – and survived – your first year of medical school. You are about to begin an exciting, low-stress, and fun clinical experience with your placement in the GIMSPP. Welcome
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Your first preceptor contact is important!
Approximately two weeks before your rotation begins, call the preceptor’s office, introduce yourself, and ask the preceptor’s nurse or office manager to set a time when you can call the preceptor.
Questions to ask:
Questions to ask:
Items needed on your first day:
Others will encourage you to interview patients on your own and present your findings to your preceptor, with both of you finishing the patient encounter together.
Your preceptor will decide, with your input, which approach seems appropriate.
Note: This is a good goal to discuss in the Learning Contract.
Remember, you have knowledge and skills to contribute, too. Preceptors tell us they often learn things from their students. Share your skills with them.
Be assertive - Don’t hesitate to
COMMUNICATE your needs and
learning objectives with your
preceptor.Make your wishes
known but be flexible.
Ask questions - Offer to help
in any way possible – you
can be a big benefit to the
A Reminder about HIPAA:
Chances are you already have heard a great deal about HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996.
Physicians were required to activate their privacy policies and procedures by April 14, 2003.
Guarding the privacy of patient information is part of your job, too.
The GIMSPP provides several tools to serve as resource materials during your rotation:
By now, you should have received your copies of the pharmacology book and history and physical pocket guides.
(If not, please notify the GIMSPP administrator immediately.)
Other resources are the Learning Contract, Daily Log Book, and Student Evaluation of Preceptor and Program.
To help bring all these traits and circumstances together and fashion a valuable, educational experience for both student and preceptor, many use a tool called a Learning Contract.
This is a written agreement, negotiated between student and preceptor early in the rotation. (continued)
The Learning Contract will outline the student’s expectations for the preceptorship and serves as a guideline for the preceptor’s final evaluation of the student’s skills and potential according to specified performance goals.
A performance goal is a statement
of intent or purpose that sets out in observable and measurable terms the performance expected of the student and/or preceptor;
Realistic criteria for successful completion of the goal (what, how, where, and when) and consequences of performing successfully to reach the goal – or
of not doing so; and
Conditions necessary to perform as expected.
How to use the Learning Contract:
On the first day, outline goals for the preceptorship on the form.
You may list ideas for specific
strategies to accomplish the goals.
Discuss the program goals and your
expectations and suggestions.
Following that discussion, the
preceptor will list three goals or
areas on which they believe you
should focus during the ambulatory
learning experience, along with specific strategies.
Using the Learning Contract
The preceptor will discuss these goals
with you. After negotiation and
clarification, write a summary of the
agreed-upon goals and expectations
of the preceptorship.
Following one last review together,
both you and the preceptor will sign
the contract. A written Learning
Contract helps you check back during
the rotation to verify that you are
“on track” and helps you recognize
Daily Log Book
A Daily Log Book will help you to remember all you learn. For example, you may want to keep notes of your patient encounters on a daily basis. The
log can help you document and
achieve your goals as stated in
the Learning Contract.
It can serve as a great reference
for you in your second year
when thinking back on actual
clinical experiences from your
To print a copy of the Daily Log
Book go to:
Filling out the Student Evaluation
Part I: Be careful to complete this section accurately: Your stipend and 1099 tax form (if applicable) will be mailed to the address provided on this part of the evaluation. The Clinical Skills Inventory is repeated from your application to document your progress.
Part II: This is the specific evaluation of your preceptor/program.Part III: You may provide feedback for your preceptor – what he or she did well, areas for improvement, and additional comments for the preceptor and/or program.