Printed from:
Committee Tackles Shortage of Community Preceptors

June 14, 2017—Family medicine and other primary care clerkships are struggling to obtain and retain quality clinical training sites. To begin to address this threat to the sustainability of America’s medical education system, STFM conducted a Summit in August 2016 to identify the most significant reasons for the shortage of community preceptors and to shape the priorities, leadership, and investments needed to ensure the ongoing education of the primary care workforce.

The Summit was funded by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation and STFM. The 52 Summit participants included health system leaders, organizational representatives, policy experts, clerkship directors, community preceptors, physicians who do not precept, students, etc.

The outcome of that Summit was a Preceptor Expansion Action Plan to:

  • Decrease the percentage of primary care clerkship directors who report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites
  • Increase the percentage of students completing clerkships at high-functioning sites

Following an open call for project team leaders, a Preceptor Expansion Oversight Committee was formed to direct and implement the plan. Annie Rutter, MD was selected as committee chair. Dr Rutter is an assistant professor and director of medical student education at Albany Medical College. She is the chair of STFM’s National Clerkship Curriculum Editorial Board and served on STFM’s Medical Student Education Committee.

Additional committee members include:

Hope Wittenberg, MA
Director, Government Relations
Council of Academic Family Medicine (CAFM)

Olivia Ziegler, PA
Chief Assessment Officer
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

Vince WinklerPrins, MD
Assistant Vice President for Student Health
Georgetown University, Division of Student Affairs

James Ballard, EdD, MS
Executive Director, Indiana AHEC Network;
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine

Mark Loafman, MD, MPH
Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine
Cook County Health and Hospitals System

Adrian Billings, MD, PhD
Chief Medical Officer, Presidio County Health Services;
Chief of Staff, Big Bend Regional Medical Center

Shobhi Chheda, MD, MPH
President Elect, Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM);
Assistant Dean of Medical Education, Department of Medicine
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine

Michael Powe
Vice President, Reimbursement & Professional Advocacy
American Academy of PAs (AAPA)

Scott Shipman, MD, MPH
Director of Primary Care Affairs and Workforce Analysis
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Beat Steiner, MD, MPH
President Elect, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM);
Assistant Dean of Clinical Education, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Mary Theobald
Vice President of Communications and Programs
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

Project Management:

Emily Yunker, MPA, PMP
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

Emily Walters
Writer/Project Manager
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

Melissa Abuel

Project Manager
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

The committee will have its first in-person meeting on June 26 where tactic team leaders will present their draft plans for the following tactics:

  1. Work with CMS to revise student documentation guidelines.
  2. Integrate interprofessional/interdisciplinary education into clinical clerkships and integrate students into the work of ambulatory primary care settings in useful and authentic ways.
  3. Develop a standardized onboarding process for students.
  4. Develop educational collaboratives across departments, specialties, and institutions to improve administrative efficiencies.
  5. Promote productivity incentive plans that include teaching; develop metrics to define and support high-quality teaching practices; develop a culture of teaching in clinical settings; and incentivize teaching through Continuing Certification.

Following the meeting, team leaders and project managers will finalize the plans and identify the members of their implementation teams. Staff will seek funding, as needed to implement the plans.

Copyright 2018 by Society of Teachers of Family Medicine