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Recruiting and retaining effective ambulatory preceptors in Family Medicine is a national priority (1), and the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) have developed a collaborative program to enhance Family Medicine Precepting (2). As one of the first cohort of pilot sites participating in the Preceptor Improvement Project (PIP), VCU's Department of Family Medicine and Population Health developed a faculty development program to enhance clinical teaching at the Hayes E. Willis Health Center, one of the Department's key teaching locations. The PIP content was based on the learning needs identified by faculty at HEWHC, and consisted of four, 90-minute sessions which focused on time-efficient precepting, feedback, and working with challenging learners. Overall, these sessions were deemed by the participants to be effective, and precpetor self-assessment of their abilities improved following the sessions. This collaboration between the ABFM and the STFM allowed the participating physicians to satisfy their ABFM Maintenance of Certification (MoC) quality improvement requirement. The Department's experience with this effective approach to faculty development opens the opportunity to expand participation in the PIP to community faculty members, and to further enhance the teaching these preceptors provide as part of the Family Medicine clerkship. This PIP may also be a model for other departments seeking to enhance teaching effectiveness, both in the inpatient and the ambulotory setting.
1. STFM Tackles Preceptor Shortage -- doi: 10.1370/afm.1917 Ann Fam Med March/April 2016 vol. 14no. 2 183-184.
2. STFM and ABFM Pilot Precepting Improvement Project -- doi: 10.1370/afm.2251 Ann Fam MedMay/June 2018 vol. 16 no. 3 278
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