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What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

What Do Long-term Rural Preceptors Need to Succeed?

Family physicians who precept students — or who are thinking about doing so — will be interested in an Alabama-based study in which researchers utilized literature reviews, physician focus groups and one-on-one interviews with rural physicians to understand the kind of support rural preceptors need to confidently teach medical students in a proposed eight-month longitudinal rural curriculum.

Their findings were published in the October issue of Southern Medical Journal in an article titled “Teaching Medical Students in the Rural Setting Long Term: Physicians’ Attitudes and Perceptions.”

Lead author John Wheat, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of family, internal and rural medicine at the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences in Tuscaloosa. He also founded the college’s Rural Health Leaders Pipeline in 1993 to address the shortage of primary care physicians in Alabama’s rural communities.

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