SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Pediatric Statewide Preclinical Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Students must complete the TPS application online, as well as complete a Pediatric Preclinical Preceptorship form and submit it to Tiffany Swain (
Responsible Faculty Director:
Gayani Silva, 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
 The Pediatric Statewide Preceptorship Program is a four-week program in which students are matched with a general pediatrician in private practice providing students an opportunity to experience pediatric practice first-hand, away from the medical school setting. The Texas Pediatric Society (TPS) administers the program through a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Pediatricians throughout the State serve as preceptors. In the program, students will learn about general pediatric practice including common pediatric medical and developmental conditions, office management, hospital practice, and community services for children. Information about the application process can be found on the Texas Pediatric Society web site at the following link: We anticipate the applications will open by January 24, 2022. You will receive your site information from the TPS staff prior to start of the rotation. The program is grant funded and there is no guarantee of a stipend. Should stipends become available, TPS will provide that information to each applicant based on the location and the length of their rotation. Rotations less than four weeks will only be granted for students with special circumstances on a case by case basis and have to be approved by Dr. Gayani Silva. Ms. Tiffany Swain from UTMB will be coordinating this elective with TPS and will finalize your grade upon receipt of a final evaluation from your preceptor. Ms. Swain can be reached at, Pediatric Library, Research Bldg. 6, room. 3.302C.

Goals & Objectives
 The goal of this pre–clinical preceptorship is to provide a learning environment for medical students (especially those interested in Pediatrics) to develop a greater understanding of Pediatrics. The student will get an opportunity to work with a board certified pediatrician on an individual basis.

Description of course activities
 The Preceptorship Program will match the student with preceptor pediatricians in private practice throughout the state for four continuous weeks. During this experience, the student will learn, at a practical level, about general pediatric practice, including common pediatric medical and developmental conditions, office management, hospital practice and community services for children.

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?
    Preceptor and residents
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Minimum of 4 presentations per day
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    presentaions during clinic encounters, inpatient and nursery rounds
  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)?
    Minimum of one per day
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
  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 student’s 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.)?

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
  Students are required to provide a final evaluation form to Ms. Swain to receive credit for the preceptorship.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe