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Advisor/Preceptor Development 

Advising medical students regarding their career-related choices and working one-on-one with them in clinical settings are typical behaviors for most medical school faculty.

'Preceptor' Videos

Five Microskills of the Effective PreceptorFive Microskills for the One Minute Preceptor
View the video. 

A valuable tool for preceptors in busy clinical settings.  

The Effective Preceptor
View the video (8:07)   Download the related handout (pdf, 5 pages)

Stephen S. Davis, PhD, USAF Major Retired, Director, Faculty Development, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine/Center for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE)

Career Advising Program

Students are concerned with their career-related choices even before they matriculate at a medical school.  AACOM has developed a Career Advising Program which is designed for both the student and the advisor.  This tool also works well as an integral part of Orientation for First Year Students as well as a ‘just in time’ resource throughout their medical school experience. 

Using the Decision Making Timeline page of the Career Advising Program, students understand the junctures during medical school at which they will be making important decisions that impact their careers.  Advisors can use the left-hand tab, For Advisors, to see ‘best practices’ that are used at several osteopathic schools and other resources for advising and mentoring.

Education Scholar Module

Working individually and in small groups with students as a preceptor in a clinical setting calls for skills that are different than classroom teaching skills.  We recommend that you use the Education Scholar Module that focuses on these important skills – including the whys and hows of role modeling professionalism.  Topics include:

  • Module Overview
  • Introduction
    This module focuses on the preceptor as an educator, and will help you develop skills to improve your teaching in the experiential setting to maximize learning. In the course of completing the module, you will also become familiar with an instructional design process you can use to develop learning activities for the experiential education setting.
  • Purpose and Objectives
    By the end of this module, you should be able to:
    • Define the attributes and characteristics of a preceptor.
    • Develop educational objectives for your experiential rotation site.
    • Describe the different types of tools used in instructional development in experiential education.
    • Select and organize appropriate learning experiences for learners in the clinical setting.
    • Assess the effectiveness of clinical learning experiences
    • Discuss the role of communication in experiential education and how to successfully incorporate it into clinical learning experiences.
  • Module Map
    To view the sequence of concepts and learning activities that will enable you to achieve these objectives, select Map for Module 4C.


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