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ACOFP Clinical Preceptorship Education Series   |  October 9th  4:00 - 5:00pm

An Achilles Heel: Preceptor Formative and Summative Evaluations of Students | 1 Hour CME

Katherine Fisher, DO
Director of Clinical Education
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest

Presentation Description:
Fifty percent of a medical student’s education occurs in their clinical clerkship years. Schools depend on physicians outside the classroom to provide feedback and final grades that we hope reflect an accurate assessment of the student’s abilities and accomplishments. This is often dubious at best.  For the past twenty years or more, medical education has migrated to more community based settings instead of being solely at university institutions.  While this trend has helped to prepare physicians for their most likely practice setting, the community, it has perhaps turned the assessment of rotations into a slippery subjective process.  This presentation will cover current issues and solutions. It will take a look at upcoming innovative technology for more objective evaluations in clinical rotations.


Nancy A. Bono, D.O, FACOFP
Jeffery B. Bushman, D.O.
Joy S. Elliott, D.O., FACOFP
Richard A. Ortoski, D.O., FACOFP
Robin L. Richardson, D.O.
Regan P. Shabloski, D.O., FACOFP
Stephen M. Swetech, D.O., FACOFP dist.
James A. Taylor, D.O.
James L. Valentine, D.O.
Alesia J. Wagner, D.O., FACOFP dist. 
Jan D. Zieren, D.O., MPH, FACOFP dist.

The Master Preceptor Award presentation will take place at the ACOFP '17 Convention and Scientific Seminars after the Clinical Preceptor Education Series on Friday, March 17th at 11:30 a.m.

The award recipients, sponsors, and the ACOFP Board is invited to attend the award presentation.

Master Preceptor Awards 

 The Master Preceptor Awards of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians recognizes preceptors for their sustained commitment to excellence in the training, education, and mentoring of osteopathic medical students in family medicine. The purpose of this award is to recognize the dedicated practicing physicians who comprise the majority of the preceptors in our profession and is not exclusive to full-time teaching faculty of the Colleges of Osteopathic Family Medicine. 

In order to qualify for the award, all preceptors must meet the following criteria: be an active member in good standing with the ACOFP; been a preceptor of Osteopathic medical students for at least ten years completed; a minimum of 120 weeks precepting; and must submit a letter of recommendation or verification from the credentialing COM. 

The application fee for the award is $200 and all accepted award recipients will receive a Master Preceptor Award plaque, a news release to the preceptor’s local newspaper, and recognition during the ACOFP Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars in March 2017. Please find more specific information about the award and the application here. 

We are no longer accepting award applications. Deadline to apply was January 5, 2017.
If you have questions, please contact Marsha Henriksen (847) 952-5119 or at


Preceptors support, evaluate, and provide vital feedback that can help students improve their critical problem solving skills and their professional approach with patients and colleagues.   Primarily, preceptors provide students an opportunity to apply concepts, techniques, and to develop attitudes, values, and an individual approach to patient care.  Additionally, preceptors assign students responsibilities that correspond to their capabilities and their schools’ learning program objectives.  

Preceptors can increase the students’ confidence and focus on attaining clinical skills, enhance their communication abilities, and expand their decision-making processes. An effective preceptor can make all the difference in the professional life of students and the care that their potential patients receive. 

•    Assist and support learning experiences for the student
•    Facilitate the development of knowledge, clinical skills and professional attitudes
•    Supervise, guide and act as a role model
•    Help to orient the student to the work environment
•    Provide ‘hands-on’ skills and experience

Determine which osteopathic schools are in close proximity to you and select the schools that you are interested in serving as a preceptor. Each osteopathic school has its set of requirements and its own application process. Some schools have regional coordinators assigned to the area to review the proposed rotation information and current rotation needs. Contact the appropriate staff at your schools of interest to gather the preceptor information and details. If you have questions about becoming a preceptor, you may also contact Marsha Henriksen.

Osteopathic physicians serving as preceptors in any AOA approved osteopathic medical education program may be granted Category 1-B credit. A maximum of 60 credits may be applied to the 120-hour requirement for preceptoring.

Osteopathic Physicians that teach/preceptor osteopathic residents regardless of the institution residency affiliation may be granted Category 1-B credit. To obtain credit in non AOA accredited institution/hospitals the Program Director or DME must send a signed evaluation to the Division of CME verifying the teaching activity.   

No credit is available for preceptoring physician assistants, nurse practitioners, or allopathic medical students.