Activity ID



March 18, 2021

Format Type


CME Credit



CME Provider

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine


Community-based clerkships and mentorships are vital components of healthcare learners’ educational development (Dornan, et al., 2014) (Farkas, Allenbaugh, Bonifacino, Turner, & Corbelli, 2019), and students’ experiences in clerkships influence what specialty they choose to pursue (Herwig, Viehmann, Thielmann, Gesenhues, & Weltermann, 2017). Clerkships in poor and rural community settings may be particularly important for teaching students about common barriers to care, and how to leverage innovations such as community health workers and telemedicine (Patel, 2017). Unfortunately, recruiting and retaining community-based preceptors has become challenging in recent years due, at least in part, to time constraints from a changing healthcare system (e.g., widespread adoption of EMR) and a lack of connectedness between academic medical centers and community practices (Christner, et al., 2016) (Paul, et al., 2020).

There is a need for preceptor training opportunities that focus on how to provide quality mentorship to healthcare learners while note compromising the efficiency and quality of care in community-based practice settings (Paul, et al., 2020). For example, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has emphasized the importance of developing standardized onboarding processes for students and preceptors, and “integrating students into the work of ambulatory care settings in useful and authentic ways” (Theobald, 2019).

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Educational Objectives

1) Improve processes and strategies for onboarding healthcare learners to a new practice, including orienting learners to the primary care practice context, setting expectations, and building trust.
2) Develop both formal and informal processes to regularly assess and meet healthcare learners where they are at.
3) Acquire new tools and skills regarding how to provide and request feedback.
4) Discuss the challenge of time constraints and identify mentoring strategies that foster learning while maximizing efficiency.
5) Discuss, and develop processes around, teaching in the era of telemedicine.


Interpersonal & Communication Skills, Professionalism

CME Credit Type

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

Practice Setting

Academic Medicine

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