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Medical Education

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

Video: Five Microskills for the One Minute Preceptor

Five Microskills for the One Minute Preceptor

A valuable tool for preceptors in busy clinical settings. Tyler Cymet, DO, Cheryl Doane, DO, Michael Rowane, DO, R. Taylor Scott, DO, and Evelyn Schwalenberg, DO.
Video: The Effective Preceptor

The Effective Preceptor

Stephen S. Davis, PhD, USAF Major Retired, Director, Faculty Development, OU-HCOM/Center for Osteopathic Research and Education (CORE)
Download the related handout (pdf, 5 pages)

Student Career Planning Guide

compassStudents are concerned with their career-related choices even before they matriculate at a medical school. AACOM has developed a Career Planning Guide 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. 

Below are some of the resources found in the Guide:

  • Decision Making Timeline page 
    Helps students understand the junctures during medical school where they will be making important decisions that impact their careers.  
  • Resources for Advisors
    Links to ‘best practices’ used by osteopathic medical colleges, 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.