In April, health care providers from Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pima Counties met at Mariposa Community Health Center (MCHC) for a two day training to become clinical preceptors – community-based health care providers who provide guidance and mentorship for students completing required clinical rotations. Clinical preceptors provide a valuable link between academic and clinical settings. The training, hosted by MCHC’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Eladio Pereira, was a collaboration between Arizona AHEC Program at the University of Arizona, SEAHEC and MCHC. The goal of the preceptor training is to help health care providers develop the teaching skills needed to provide guidance to students completing their clinical rotations.
Preceptors are an important element of SEAHEC’s Student Training Opportunities Program. SEAHEC works with educational institutions and health care providers to build the infrastructure needed for health professions students to be able to serve clinical rotations in our unique rural setting. This was the first training offered in Nogales since 2009. It is hoped that SEAHEC and partners can organize and offer future trainings more frequently.
The training was provided by University of Arizona College of Medicine faculty members, Dr. Tejal M. Parikh, MD, Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine, and Dr. Paul Gordon, MD, Professor, Family and Community Medicine.
Training topics focused on Inter-professional Education and building the communication, evaluation and teaching skills needed to guide students through their clinical rotations.
Key Presentations Included:
Saturday April 29
- Tips for Effective Clinical Testing
- Feedback and Assessment/ARCH Model
- Medical Student Evaluation
- Clinical Teaching in 5 easy steps
- Office Based Teaching & Presentation Skills
Sunday, April 30
- Teaching Documentation and CV Development
- Writing Letters of Recommendations
- Medical Informatics & Apps for your Smart Phone
- Cultural Competency/Recruitment and Retention for Rural Health Professionals
- Working with “Problem” Learners
- Inter-professional Education/Teaching Toolkit: Putting it all together