Preceptorship and Mentoring Opportunities, are designed for community-based clinicians, students, and educators interested in developing and expanding primary care training. The primary preceptorship or mentoring program established by the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), may be especially useful to health professionals in community health centers, migrant health centers, independent practices, and health maintenance organizations offering health care services to residents of underserved areas.
Benefits for Preceptors
Academic programs offer incentives to preceptors, which may include:
- Clinical faculty appointment
- Voluntary attending appointment at the teaching hospital
- Access to university libraries and services
- Clinical consultation
- Participation in continuing professional education
- Precepting stipends to offset the community-based site's costs of teaching.
Interest, commitment, and openness to participation in a program during its developmental period are important indicators of success. All parties should have realistic expectations of students and of the demands a preceptorship program will make on professional practice.
If you are interested in serving as a preceptor or mentor the NHSC can help. Through our Student/Resident Experiences And Rotations in Community Health (SEARCH) program and partnerships with Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), you may work with and train the next generation of clinicians committed to serving communities in need.