SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
General Internal Medicine Preceptorship - Year 3
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 2 
      Additional Requirements: A mandatory on-campus orientation session will be conducted prior to the end of school year sometime around March or April. Students will receive notice of this orientation meeting at a later date. Course materials will be available at this meeting.
Responsible Faculty Director:
Karen Szauter, M.D.
Other Faculty:
Available Dates
• 4-week block: 4/25/2022 - 5/20/2022
• 4-week block: 5/23/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment
No Cap

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 All applications must be submitted online at [main website] and will be accepted during January-March On campus contact is Dr. Karen Szauter (

Goals & Objectives
 1. to provide exposure to the practice of primary care Internal Medicine in the community 2. to gain experience performing medical interviews and physical examinations on adult patients 3. to gain exposure to the use of laboratory tests and x-rays in the diagnostic work up of patients 4. to learn about the practical and business aspects of running an office and working as a physician in a community.

Description of course activities
 The Texas Internal Medicine Educational Foundation of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Physicians has been working with Texas medical schools to provide students an opportunity to see what life is like as a practicing internist. Students will work for four weeks with a practicing general internist in a community-based setting in an office or clinic away from the medical center within the State of Texas. Students should be prepared to participate in the activities of the physician preceptor. Student-physician interaction on evenings and weekends to supplement patient care experience during office hours is encouraged and is expected of students at the discretion of the preceptor. Examples of appropriate student activities include the following: 1) Student accompanies physician into examining rooms for patient office visits 2) Preceptor allows student to witness/confirm findings on physical examination 3) Preceptor explains rationale of diagnosis and management plans to student 4) Preceptor asks student to read and report on a disease process witnessed 5) Preceptor allows student to interview patients with a single complaint (e.g., sore throat) 6) Preceptor allows student to perform a single organ system exam (e.g., heart) 7) Preceptor allows student to observe nurse-visits (BP checks, glucose monitoring) 8) Student accompanies physician on hospital rounds 9) Student accompanies physician to medical staff/medical society meetings 10) Student is allowed to observe medical procedures (endoscopy, biopsies) 11) Additional activities are encouraged allowing graded levels of responsibility for the student (at the discretion of the physician preceptor) five days a week with as much hands-on student activity as is practical.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    as determined by the preceptor
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    guidelines as determined by the preceptor
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    If you have a personal physician of choice in Texas who is not on the roster, you may communicate with the GIMSPP coordinators to recommend the preceptor for inclusion. Once are approved they may be added to the list.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
  GIMSPP program provides an online evaluation for all students to complete.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe