LPP for Prospective Preceptors
The Longitudinal Preceptor Program (LPP) at UMMS is an integral curricular piece in which students are paired with a physician to practice their history taking and physical exam skills, as well as learning the basics of a medical practice. The LPP program is part of the required Doctoring and Clinical Skills Course (DCS) in years 1 & 2. The experience lasts for approximately 1 ½ years with any individual student, and preceptors can choose to work with up to two students each year (one each from the first and second year classes).
Students are randomly assigned a preceptor in either an outpatient or inpatient setting. Preceptors come from variety of medical specialties (pediatrics, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and subspecialties, Ob\GYN, surgery). Any type of practice is considered as long as it allows for students to practice and observe basic skills of the history taking and physical exam, and learn in an interprofessional setting. Students can participate in LPP at specific times during the week when other classes are not scheduled.
The LPP experience is highly rated each year by the students and they truly enjoy being immersed in a real medical practice. Preceptors share their clinical practice and expertise with the students. You are asked to work with the student to help improve emerging clinical skills by providing direct observation and feedback. Students often develop mentoring or role modeling relationships with their LPP preceptors. It is also very rewarding for preceptors and a great way to be involved in teaching at the school.
LPP Year 1
The LPP1 Preceptor Packet introduces preceptors to the LPP program and provides preceptors with a model to follow for LPP sessions.
- Preceptors host students for a total of eleven half-day sessions (about 3 - 4 hours) during October - May
- Students are given the opportunity to practice the six Medical School core competencies- Physician as Professional, Scientist, Communicator, Problem-Solver, Advocate & Person.
- Students develop clinical care skills according to the course guidelines outlined in the Preceptor Packet for year one (Patient Interviewing, Oral presentation, Perform components of the Physical Exam, Counsel Patients, Complete Patient 'Problem List')
- Students foster interprofessional education by caring for patients as a member of the medical care team
- Preceptors provide oral feedback during in-person sessions and one written evaluation of the student mid-course.
LPP Year 2
The LPP2 Preceptor Packet provides preceptors with a guide to the overall focus of year two of the LPP course and student expectations and objectives.
- Preceptors host students for a total of six half-day sessions (about 3 - 4 hours) during August - January
- Students strengthen their clinical setting skills per the objectives of year 2 of the course (Complete History, Screening Exam, Focused History, Indicated Physical Exam, Counseling, Oral Presentation, exposure to use of the EHR, & continuity patients if applicable to LPP site)
- Students strengthen interprofessional skills and actively practice the six Medical School core competencies (Physician as Professional, Scientist, Communicator, Problem-Solver, Advocate & Person)
- Students may work with preceptor to establish individualized educational goals for their LPP experience
- Preceptors provide oral feedback during in-person sessions and one written evaluation at the end of the student's LPP experience.