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Support for Practicing Health Professionals

The AHEC Offices of Regional Primary Care Education facilitate the training of health science students with community-based healthcare providers (preceptors). As part of their mission, the ORPCEs provide educational support to student training sites and assist preceptors with their own educational development to ensure quality student experiences consistent with the curricular goals of the health science schools. ORPCE directors can help preceptors access these and other training resources:

Expert Preceptor Program

Description Ten modules: first three focus on critical skills related to teaching in a community practice setting; remaining seven modules focus on the teaching of contemporary health care issues.
Format Written materials for independent reading, independent study, and seminar presentation.
Cost None. Continuing Education credit available.
Contact Regional ORPCE Directors

EPIC (Expert Preceptor Interactive Curriculum)

Description World Wide Web based version of Expert Preceptor Program (see above) includes on-line discussion forum.
Format Web based, interactive curriculum
Cost None. Continuing Education credit available.
Contact Web site: www.med.unc.edu/epic

Preceptor Development Program

Description Designed for busy community based practitioners who teach residents, medical, nurse practitioner or physician assistant students part-time. These succinct, hands-on preceptor development modules include clinical examples and use medical mnemonics to reinforce educational principles.
Format Each topic is available as 1) a written monograph, 2) a Web-based module, 3) a one hour seminar which can be scheduled at your practice or in your community, and 4) a one page summary "thumbnail" providing an overview but no CME credit. A videotape is also available on Assessing and Evaluation the Learner."
Cost There is no cost for preceptors in the MAHEC region, and a $5.00 processing fee for other NC preceptors. The video, each monograph, web based module, and seminar is approved for one hour of AMA Category 1 CME credit for NC physicians, if completed as directed.
Contact Mountain AHEC, (828) 257-4400