SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Physician Healer Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements:
Responsible Faculty Director:
Cara Geary
Other Faculty:
Susie Gerik Marcela Navarro
Available Dates
• 8-week block: 4/25/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Students in the Physician Healer Track will attend their own orientation to choose clinical shadowing. Students interested in joining the track should contact Dr. Cara Geary ( Catalina Salinas (

Goals & Objectives
 Goal: 1. Students will reflect upon and develop a professional identity as a healer. Objectives: Students will: 1. Demonstrate abilities in self-reflection for personal growth and professional identity 2. Evaluate own view of body/mind/spirit relationship 3. Evaluate role in healing encounters and the healthcare environment 4. Evaluate and practice ways to maintain a healthy career-life balance 5. Demonstrate communication skills with oneself, colleagues and patients 6. With self-reflection, recognize oneís inner critic and evaluate when it is helpful or harmful 7. Communicate effectively across cultural backgrounds 8. Demonstrate insight to emotion and human response to manage interactions with colleagues and patients in a helpful manner 9. Recognize oneís impact on others (in conversations, in silence, in behaviors, in intention and as a medical student and healer

Description of course activities
 Clinical Work: Students will be paired with experienced faculty physician-healers in fields of their preferred specialties. Students unsure of specialty preferences at this point will be placed in diverse fields as a way to assist them in later choosing their specialty. Students will be given specific reflective exercises and experiences in which to engage during these times to assist in their professional identity development as healers. Non-Clinical Work: Students will participate in 4 courses taught by UTMB faculty. Each course will meet one afternoon of the week. One course will be on Communication Skills, one on the practice of Mindfulness, one on 'Being with Suffering' and one entitled Wellness and Life Balance. These courses are experiential in nature, but there may be some reading assignments and written work associated with them. These assignments will not be more than 90 minutes of work daily and will be very unlike the normal studying and memorization that is usual for medical students. Students will be required to read and reflect upon 3 books from a selected list and will watch and reflect upon DVDís from a selected list. Students will prepare a Preceptorship Essay that will be geared toward reflecting upon and consolidating learning done through clinical observations and the self-reflection exercises.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    Daily during clinical assignments and during classroom activities. Observations will also be made through evaluation of written assigments.
  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?
  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)?
    1.Short reflective journaling daily after clinical activities 2.Weekly written assigments for reflection and synthesis 3. Book and Movie reflections will be in paragraph form 3.End of preceptorship essay
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    Journaling is free form and spontaneous writing Essays are in paragraph form, but should be well thought out and demonstrate thought and consideration.
  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.?
    Students will choose topics based on selected books and movies. Students will also self-select journaling topics. Students will self select reflective essay topics however, there will be some guidance from faculty regarding broad topics for consideration.
  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 will be encouraged and required to engage in self evaluation and self directed growth during this course.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe