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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
LPP Year 2
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