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Thank you for your interest in teaching our medical students! There are two ways to serve as a community preceptor at UNC School of Medicine:

Patient Centered Care (PCC) Clinical Week: First and Second Year Medical Students

The Patient Centered Care course is designed to enable students to learn the core clinical skills—History-Taking, Physical Examination, Communication, Clinical Reasoning, Patient-Centered Care and Professionalism— necessary for future patient care.

PCC Clinical Week Preceptors play an important role in the clinical training and mentoring of our 1st and 2nd year medical students. Under the supervision of their clinical preceptors, students practice their newly developing skills in interviewing, physical examination and presenting. For many students these clinical rotations will mark the first time they have had “hands on” experiences with real patients.

As a token of appreciation for their service, community preceptors receive a small payment through the AHEC system. Preceptors are given adjunct faculty appointments to the UNC School of Medicine and access to the AHEC digital library (ADL). The ADL includes journals and textbooks, databases such as MEDLINE and electronic clinical resource tools.

If you know of a North Carolina primary care physician that you’d like to recommend to participate as a UNC Medical school preceptor, please contact Community Preceptor Liaison, Gina Horne at or 919-966-0589.

Community Based Longitudinal Care (CBLC): Third year medical students

CBLC is a 16-week outpatient medicine course for third-year medical students. Students rotate approximately two days each week at an adult outpatient medicine clinic (family or internal) and one day a week at an outpatient pediatric clinic. If your clinic has both adult and pediatric patients, a student could be at your clinic for all three days.

Throughout the 16 weeks, students also participate in teaching sessions led by course faculty, spend time in subspecialty clinics, and complete weekend Emergency Medicine shifts.

Benefits to working with CBLC students:

  • Financial support
  • Adjunct Faculty Appointment with UNC
  • Access to Teaching Physicians subscription (online bank of teaching resources)
  • Access to UNC library resources
  • Opportunity to earn MOC Part IV credit through student Quality Improvement projects
  • Teaching Certificate from UNC
  • Student mentorship/impact

Please contact Julie Golding ( if you are interested in learning more about becoming a CBLC preceptor!