EXPANDED CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE AND NEW ENERGY FROM STUDENTS
As they prepare for and experience being a preceptor, many providers find that they are learning right along with their students. Updated knowledge about trends in medicine and updated clinical practice guidelines are often gained from the experience.
Students and residents are generally enthusiastic and can assist you in educating your patients about health conditions and treatment.
A major goal of the AHEC experience is to recruit providers to the rural areas in our great state. Forming good working relationships with the next generation of healthcare providers can help further this goal and may be helpful when it is time to physicians to the practice.
SHARE THE WORK
Students and residents can take patient histories, perform basic tests, and give immunizations. They can also help with non-clinical tasks, such as filling out lab requests, coordinating referrals, updating problem lists, and making calls to patients.
ENJOYMENT OF TEACHING
Many preceptors find that they genuinely enjoy being part of future healthcare professionals’ educational journey.
PAY IT FORWARD
Your patients will appreciate your efforts to ensure that the next generation of doctors is prepared to care for the families in your community. Some think of it as “paying it forward.”
Many of the schools in our network offer preceptors access to everything from discount programs to university library privileges. For example, University of Kentucky preceptor’s offer hotel lodging discounts, access to the UK Medical Center Library, and access to the university’s Wellness Program, to name a few.