SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Student Created Pediatric Preclinical Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Students must complete a Pediatric Preclinical Preceptorship form and submit it to Tiffany Swain (, as well as any other necessary documents.
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 student will arrange the preceptorship with a practicing board certified general pediatrician or a pediatric subspecialist in the USA (not international), who has met UTMB requirements for preceptorships. It is the student's responsibility to secure a preceptor willing to supervise the 4-week, full-time elective experience in pediatrics. After identifying the preceptor, the student must have the preceptor complete a Pediatric Preceptor Information Form (Tiffany Swain will provide this to you) and turn it in to the Pediatric Education Coordinator (Tiffany Swain. Most primary care physician practices do not require affiliation agreements in order to have students work in a preceptorís office. However, hospitals and some large group practices require this document. The student must verify if an affiliation agreement between UTMB and the facility where the preceptorship will take place is necessary. If so, please contact the Office of Clinical Education at (409) 747-2069. Approval of the electiveís preceptor will be provided by Dr. Gayani P. Silva, signified by her signature on the enrollment form which will be sent to the student by the Pediatric Education Coordinator. The Pediatric Education Coordinator at UTMB is Tiffany Swain, Pediatric Library, Childrenís Hospital, room 3.302. Ms. Swainís phone number and email are 772-5286,

Goals & Objectives
 The goal of this preclinical 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 or a pediatric subspecialist on an individual basis.

Description of course activities
 The pediatrician preceptor will determine the elective's assignments based on the type of practice. The studentís schedule and activities will vary by preceptor. In most cases this will include patient care in outpatient clinics including writing notes, hospital rounds, meetings, and community activities as reflected in the preceptorís schedule. Students may be required to attend evening, weekend, and on-call duties. During this experience, the student will learn, at a practical level, about general or subspecialty pediatric practice including common pediatric conditions, office management, hospital practice, and community services.

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 (if available)
  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 1-2 notes 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 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.)?

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