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Effective Preceptors: An interdisciplinary perspective from students set for March 4

The SMHS Education Resources team is proud to announce its first Educator-Scholar Session of 2020.

From 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 4, Dr. Steven Westereng, assistant professor and chair of the SMHS Department of Sports Medicine, will present “Effective Preceptors: An Interdisciplinary Perspective from Students” in Room W203 of the Northeast Campus building. (The event will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing.)

Preceptors who oversee health care students during clinical education are critical to the overall learning experience of the student, making preceptor effectiveness an important factor to study. As interprofessional education continues to grow in importance, the role of preceptor effectiveness across disciplines becomes an important area of study. Yet, past research on preceptor effectiveness has largely been done from within individual health care professions, raising the question of whether we are missing critical disciplinary differences. In 2019, Dr. Westereng sought to explore these differences as well as to examine commonalities across professions by studying preceptor effectiveness in six different professions. Join us as he shares the findings of the commonalities and differences in preceptor effectiveness. His research can assist educational programs utilizing interprofessional education to better understand their students’ perspective of past preceptors and their ideal preceptors.

Educator-Scholar Sessions are a new faculty development offering from the Education Resources Teaching & Learning branch. They support medical and health education faculty-to-faculty sharing teaching and learning experiences, tips, challenges, and strategies. The streaming link is available on our website. After the event, follow the same link to locate the recording.

If you have any questions, would like more information, or would like to lead a future session, please contact Adrienne Salentiny (