Becoming a Preceptor/Community Faculty


MSU-CHM seeks Engaged Preceptors for Family Medicine Clerkship

Do you remember the mentor who had the most positive impact on your journey through medical school? Was there a family doctor who recognized and nurtured the inner spark which propelled you through the challenges of medical school and residency, culminating in your current career as a family physician?

You could be that person for one or more of our current MSU College of Human Medicine students.

We are inviting you, as a mid-Michigan family physician, to consider becoming a preceptor for third year students in our Family Medicine Clerkship. As part of the Clerkship, students would rotate in your office two half days per week. The 8 week clerkship recurs six times in one year. We do ask that Community Faculty host a student at least once per year. Students may also work with you for additional half-days (up to four), or in other care settings, depending on your preferences.

In return, you may experience

  • the satisfaction of helping to inspire this new generation of healers
  • the life and vitality that an eager young learner can bring to your office
  • an incentive to hone your own teaching skills, and the opportunity to share them

Among the more tangible benefits, click here for complete brochure

  • an MSU faculty appointment with the prefix “clinical” (eg, clinical assistant professor)
  • an MSU identification card and e-mail account
  • CME Category II credits available for time spent teaching medical students
  • use of the MSU Library collections and electronic databases (including free access to Essential Evidence Plus)
  • discounts on computer equipment and software through the MSU Computer Store
  • opportunities to participate in faculty development programs and Continuing Medical Education


Click here to sign up to take a student


Resources for Current Preceptors

Teaching Physician is a comprehensive web-based resource that delivers videos, tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to in-depth information on precepting topics such as:

  • Preparing a practice team for a student or resident
  • Integrating a student into office routines
  • Setting expectations
  • Teaching strategies
  • Giving feedback
  • Evaluating learners
  • Billing issues

The site helps preceptors do their jobs more effectively!  

To take advantage of your subscription at no cost to you, please send your name (first and last) and e-mail address to Jeff Lambert.


Office of Medical Education Research and Development (OMERAD)

Here you can find information to help you teach, whether in a classroom or in a clinic.

You can find information on:

  • Assessment of student performance
  • Teaching clinical decision making
  • Methods of teaching
  • Teaching in lectures, cases or small groups
  • Writing objectives
  • Designing a curriculum
  • Writing tests
  • And more!

If you would enjoy teaching a third year student in your office, please apply to become one of our preceptors. Both allopathic and osteopathic physicians are eligible. Board certification in Family Medicine is encouraged. You may contact Karla Cody, clerkship assistant, at 517-884-0432, or Julie Phillips, MD, MPH, Lansing Community Clerkship Director.