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TCOM Clinical Education
Office: 817-735-2537

UNTHSC TCOM preceptors devote more than 420,000 hours annually to teaching third and fourth year medical students. Preceptors model patient centered care, practice management, skills and procedures with real patients and are dedicated to UNTHSC TCOM student success. Preceptors also participate in research mentoring, skills labs and student education symposiums throughout the academic year.

What is iPrecept?

iPrecept is a program developed to assist TCOM clinical education in providing direct support to current preceptors and enrollment information to potential preceptors to ensure innovative, high quality, sustainable educational experiences for TCOM students. Each of our preceptors has their own motivation and desire for teaching, from training the next generation of physicians— passing on sage knowledge—emphasizing student areas of interest like rural or global medicine— to recruiting future practice members, we strive to create an environment to support mutual initiatives.

Preceptor Qualifications

  • Current Medical License
  • Current Malpractice Insurance
  • Board Certification or Eligibility
  • Current CV
  • Medical board record free from disciplinary action
  • Agree to precept a clerkship rotation. Minimum 2 student(s) per year
  • Complete annual preceptor training modules (CME)
  • Current UNTHSC Adjunct Clinical Faculty Appointment – may be in process, status valid for three years

Preceptor Responsibilities

  • Familiarize each student with site protocols and rules, including safety and security measures
  • Role model professional interactions with all members of the patient care team, patients and patient’s family members
  • Demonstrate, teach and observe the student in clinical activities to develop the student’s knowledge and skills and to ensure appropriate patient care
  • Provide adequate clinical space for the student to care for patients
  • Ensure student is not used as a substitute for clinical staff
  • Maintain supervision of the student while on duty. Provide direct supervision by qualified staff for all procedures performed by the student
  • Review rotation goals and objectives; provide the student with opportunities to meet clerkship goals and objectives. (see clerkship syllabus)
  • Maintain full responsibility for patient medical care and treatment
  • Provide timely evaluation of each student. Offer timely constructive feedback to the student throughout the rotation regarding strengths and areas for improvement

Clerkship Rotations

3rd Year

  • Intro to Core Clerkships 1 week
  • Family Medicine 8 weeks
  • Internal Medicine 8 weeks
  • Surgery 6 weeks
  • OB/GYN 4 weeks
  • Pediatrics 4 weeks
  • Manipulative Medicine 4 weeks
  • Psychiatry 4 weeks
  • Elective 8 weeks

4th Year

  • Emergency Medicine 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics Medicine 4 weeks
  • Electives (6) 24 weeks
  • Optional Months (2) 8 weeks

Preceptor Benefits

  • Adjunct Faculty Appointment
  • Faculty Development
  • .edu Email Address
  • CME for working with students that can be applied to licensure
    • Osteopathic
      • Hour for hour CME credit filed by TCOM Clinical Education
    • Allopathic
      • Hour for hour credit CME filed by preceptor, please request letters from clinicaleducation@unthsc.edu
    • Online CME module access
  • Access to the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Center Library which serves as the designated Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NNLM SCR).
    • Access to expert literature searches performed by librarians using biomedical databases.
    • Hundreds of online publications including journals and EBooks, literature searches, and more.
    • Point-of-care application subscriptions including Up-to-Date, Visual Dx, Micromedex and more
  • Certificates for your waiting room to share with your patients that you, and they, are contributing to the development of healthcare providers of the future
  • Potential recruitment of future partners for your practice
  • Opportunities to develop in the areas of scholarship and citizenship
  • Opportunities to receive awards for teaching in the clinical setting

Outstanding Preceptor Award

The Outstanding Preceptor Award was created to honor physicians who embody the attributes of an outstanding physician educator.

TCOM Students have the opportunity each semester to nominate a preceptor which will include remote sites and rural locations.

Award winners will be featured in UNTHSC newsroom stories, iPrecept newsletters and other publications.