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Preceptor Information 
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) Program at PCOM South Georgia

Preceptors are crucial to the clinical education and training of medical students. Preceptors supervise student physicians during the experiential portion of the curriculum, guiding them as they gain clinical medical knowledge in patient care settings.

PCOM South Georgia relies on practicing healthcare providers to assist and supervise medical students as they develop the necessary skills to become competent clinicians. We appreciate your interest in becoming a preceptor for PCOM South Georgia medical students.

BECOME A PRECEPTOR

Preceptor Qualifications

Only licensed DO or MD physicians are qualified to serve as “preceptors-of-record” for PCOM South Georgia medical students. In addition, physician preceptors are expected to be board certified in their specialty. On occasion, physicians who are “board eligible” or “board qualified” may also be acceptable as preceptors. Physicians in residency or fellowship training programs may teach PCOM South Georgia medical students; however, residents or fellows may not serve as preceptors-of-record for PCOM South Georgia medical students—only attending physicians may be the formal preceptor.

Certified allied health professionals may participate and be involved in student training but they cannot function as the preceptor-of-record and they cannot be the primary supervising professional.

Preceptor Responsibilities

Preceptors are responsible for completing a clinical evaluation form on each student. These clinical evaluation forms document each student’s clinical performance during the rotation and are a key element in the assessment of each student’s clinical competency of the learning objectives for the clerkship rotation.

Preceptors should discuss the student’s performance with them at the halfway point (and again at the end) of the clerkship. This will allow the student the opportunity to review any perceived weaknesses he/she might have, as well as show the student whether they are meeting their preceptor’s expectations for them in the clerkship. This midpoint evaluation will permit corrective action of perceived deficiencies prior to the final evaluation.

Benefits of Precepting

PCOM South Georgia offers precepting physicians the following benefits:

  • Adjunct clinical faculty appointment.
  • Online access to the PCOM library is available to preceptors with faculty appointment.
  • Continuing Medical Education as specified by professional organization:
    • AMA PRA Category 2 – one hour can be claimed for each hour of direct supervision of a student.
    • AOA Category 1B – one hour can be claimed for each hour of direct supervision of a student.
  • Preceptors located within the state of Georgia may qualify for Georgia state income tax benefits under the Georgia Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP).
  • Research assistance and collaboration opportunities.

How to Become a Preceptor

To apply to become a preceptor in the DO program at PCOM South Georgia, submit an email or letter of interest, along with a current CV, to:

Marla D. Golden, DO, FACEP
Associate Dean of Clinical Education, PCOM Georgia and South Georgia
Chair of Clinical Education, PCOM South Georgia
Phone: 229-668-3106
Email: marlago@pcom.edu

In your email or letter, please indicate the number of students you are interested in teaching and approximately which months you can have students rotate with you. You may also complete our online application form:

BECOME A PRECEPTOR

Preceptor Manual

You may view additional information about precepting by viewing the Preceptor Manual [PDF].

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