Community Preceptors: The Heart of the Medical Partnership’s Clinical Education
Community faculty members are Northeast Georgia physicians who volunteer their time to assist in training future physicians at the Augusta University / University of Georgia Medical Partnership. Our students receive their core clinical experiences in northeast Georgia hospitals, private practices or rural settings under the supervision of community faculty members. These faculty members are the backbone of the clinical education component for the Medical Partnership campus.
Relationships with students go beyond teacher / student as community faculty members mentor students as they provide guidance about the medical profession and medical careers. These experiences provide our students with a holistic view of medicine mixed with real-world perspective students value.
Join the Preceptor Action
Being a community faculty member involves more than holding a teaching position as there is the opportunity to educate, mentor, role model, coach, and guide students in their medical education. As students progress through their formal medical education, community faculty provide valuable feedback to ensure students advance in their medical knowledge, skills and abilities.
Becoming an AU/UGA Medical Partnership Preceptor involves the following requirements:
- Licensed in Georgia
- A physician of the appropriate discipline
- A MCG clinical faculty appointment if teaching on a core clerkship
- Adhere to preceptorship guidelines, including required learning activities for students, evaluation components, and administrative procedures such as site visits.
When a community physician volunteers to serve as a preceptor they become community faculty. When serving as an AU/UGA Medical Partnership Preceptor you should:
- Directly oversee and facilitate all medical student clinical activities related to the clerkship
- Commit to the clinical education of medical students
- Provide medical students opportunities to play an active role in patient care
- Expose medical student to adequate patient volume and variety to fulfill the clinical educational requirements of the clerkship
- Provide feedback to medical students
When serving as an AU/UGA Medical Partnership Preceptor you have the following benefits:
- Access to the AU Greenblatt library
- Access to all Medical Partnership Faculty Development offerings
- Support from Clerkship Coordinators
- An expense paid Faculty Development Conference on Jekyll Island.
- The Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP) provides a tax credit of up to $8,500 per year for eligible preceptors. For more information go to https://www.augusta.edu/ahec/ptip/
Are you interested in serving as a community faculty member? If so, please submit an application and your CV to MPpreceptors@uga.edu.