West Florida AHEC, New Directions in Community Health

"Educating Toward a Healthier Community"

Health Professional Students

West Florida AHEC, alongside The University of Florida’s College of Medicine and The University of Florida’s AHEC Program, offers a Clinical Preceptorship Program to first-year medical students at the end of their first semester.  The Clinical Preceptorship Program introduces MS1s to primary care in a community based setting.  The overall goal of the program is to spark students’ interest into returning to these communities as primary care physicians.

Each December, medical students complete nearly three weeks of orientation and clinical experience. Students work with primary care physicians, taking medical histories, completing physical examinations and presenting assigned patients to their physician-preceptors.

Additionally, in partnership with the UF Physician Assistant (PA) Program, West Florida AHEC works with physicians throughout its 4-counties to serve as preceptors for second year PA students.  West Florida AHEC places PA students in medically underserved and community-based practice settings for required and elective clinical rotations in areas such as cardiology, dermatology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, ob/gyn, orthopedics, pediatrics and primary care.

If you, or your facility, are interested in becoming a preceptor and willing to share your knowledge and experience with our PAs and MS1s, please inquire here.

For more information about the clinical preceptorship program, please contact our Executive Director, 850.682.2552.

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