Posted: November 4, 2016

Defining And Creating Solutions to the Shortage of Community Preceptors: Results of a Survey of US and Canadian Pediatric Department Chairs


For generations, community-based preceptors have volunteered their time to provide educational experiences for trainees in the Pediatrics clerkship. Multiple barriers including financial and time constraints have posed significant risk to sustaining this volunteer model of teaching. In recognition of this problem, a task force consisting of leaders from the Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs (AMSPDC) and the Council of Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) was organized to develop an understanding and provide strategies for addressing this issue. Pediatric departments rely heavily on community preceptors but face significant competition from both internal and external training programs. Many fewer departments offer a stipend than their competitors. Additional data analysis will lead to task force recommendations for strategies for recruitment and retention of community preceptors. Future work should explore the experiences of Regional Campuses and Program Directors.

*Presented at Learn Serve Lead 2016


Medical Student Education, LSL 2016, Community Preceptors, Pediatric Education, Clerkship Education


Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD, Sanford School of Medicine The University of South Dakota

Christopher Peltier, MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Gerard Rabalais, MD, MHA, University of Louisville School of Medicine

Jerold Stirling, MD, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Julie Belkowitz, MD, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Julie Byerley, MD, MPH, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Kenneth Nakayama, PhD, University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine

Lisa E. Leggio, MD, Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Michael Barone, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Michael Ryan, MD, Virginia Commonwealth University