Precepting at Wake Forest
Thank you for your interest in precepting Wake Forest Baptist Health clinically rotating students.
Complete our online form if you are ready to have a Wake Forest student in your clinic.
The information and clinical experiences you share with students are invaluable. Additionally, the fresh information and insights from current Wake Forest students provide a wealth of new knowledge for preceptors.
As you embark on this mutual educational experience, this webpage will be your resource. Here you can find everything from integrating students in to your clinic and patient communication to course rotation skills and contacts. In appreciation for your commitment to Wake Forest students, view the “With Thanks!” section for precepting recognition.
Do you have information to share with other preceptors? Can’t find what you are looking for? Please contact the Centralized Learner Deployment office.
- Students are not expected to see every patient that the provider sees over the course of a day
- Preselect patients appropriate for the student to see and double-book or wave schedule patients so both the provider and the student are seeing patients
- The first morning the student can observe clinic operations to become familiar with environment, office flow, staff, and other clinic operational issues
- Share teaching responsibilities! Other clinicians (MDs, DOs, PAs, NPs) can work with the student. Within their scope of practice, licensed/certified health care providers (e.g., MAs and techs) can instruct students on procedures those providers perform
- The student can obtain the history and/or perform the physical exam while the provider observes and documents in the health record
- Have the student observe complex patients
- After discussing with the provider, students can communicate patient education information to the patient, as well as calling previous patients with test results
- All Wake Forest students placed through this system are compliant with Wake Forest Baptist Health requirements including on-boarding and training
- Wake Meducation
- PAEA Snapps
- NARM Preceptors
- Top Tips for Student Engagement in Ambulatory Primary Care
- Clinical Teaching Graphic
- HPEI Grand Rounds: Precepting
- Clinician as Teacher
- Preceptor Team Lead Relationship and Resident Wellness
- Student and Patient Perspectives on Bedside Teaching
- Patient Attitudes Towards Medical Students
- Physician’s Perceptions and Needs Regarding Precepting of Medical Students
- Columbia University, Teaching Tip: One Minute Preceptor
- Mayo Clinic, Take 5: One Minute Preceptor
- Precepting - Maximizing Education While Maintaining Sanity
These core rotations provide rotating health care provider students the opportunity to work with faculty, residents, advance practice providers (PA, NP, CNM, etc.) and numerous other health care services. During the rotations, students are expected to encounter and track specific chief complaints and perform or observe specific skills and procedures.
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Internal Medicine
View Full Rotation Course Descriptions
- Inform patient that engaging with a medical learner is always optional and if they opt out it will not disappoint their provider
- Recommended signage at clinic notifying patients “This clinic is associated with the Wake Forest Academic Learner Network. Students are included as part of your care to help prepare the next generation of healthcare providers. If you wish to opt-out of student participation, please let us know. We will not be disappointed.”
Should my expectations of precepting a student be different based on the program (MD, PA, CRNA, NP)?
Answer: The main aspects of teaching and clinic integration should be the same for all students. Please refer to the Course Objective and Rotation Skills for the specific student type regarding necessary skills to be completed during the experience.
What if the patients I designated for the student to see in clinic, don’t show?
Answer: This can be a great learning opportunity for the student. The time can be spent how you see fit, either discussing what the patient may have been coming to the clinic for, to prepare for the next patient, to return patient phone calls or what you feel may be the most educational for the student at that time.
How does a student get a grade?
Answer: Each program has a specific evaluation that is used along with information obtained from the preceptor. Please contact the program for the specific type of student to get more in-depth information.
Who do I contact if a student or school asks me to precept?
Answer: The Centralized Learner Deployment office, 336-713-0944