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Primary Care Faculty Development Program at the Medical College

Early Clinical Learners Teacher Training Resource and Certificate Site

Welcome to the Early Clinical Learners Preceptor Resource site! If you teach, or intend to teach medical students this site is for you! 
There are two ways to use this site: 1) pick tools and resources to explore 2) sign up to earn our program certificate. Either way, you choose resources and experiences that best match your schedule and needs. Through your feedback, we will improve the precepting experience by continuous refinement of materials and resources available on this site.

There is particular need for preceptor development in Health Profession Shortage Areas (HPSA) across Wisconsin. HPSA shortage areas can be determined by address here. Whether or not you are located in a HPSA designated area, your involvement in this site will benefit your teaching, and we will benefit from your feedback and insight on strategies to:

  • Brainstorm teaching solutions for common learning scenarios
  • Address barriers to precepting
  • Assist preceptors with tools to facilitate active participation of medical students

Our goal: the best teaching and learning experience for you and your students. We also want your feedback and input on what you need to precept well.

If you sign up, there are three steps to earn your certificate:

  1. Registration/enrollment
  2. Participate in your selected activities 
  3. Feedback: tell us about your activities, what you liked, didn't like, want to know more about.

If you want to sign up, please contact Tess Chandler.     


Once you have signed up, you will receive more detailed information and guidance on the certificate curriculum. Whether you sign up or not, our activities and resources are listed below. These will be expanded as our program develops and as we receive feedback from our program participants and preceptors.


Teaching Toolbox
Medical college site with additional resources for preceptors/ mentors/ teachers/ advisors of medical students.

Teaching Toolbox site contains downloadable documents, tutorial videos, and helpful websites. After viewing any of the resources listed below, test your knowledge with one of our "Just Checking" Quizzes.

  1. The One-Minute Preceptor (website) - Quiz (form)
  2. Teaching nuts and bolts (website)
  3. Giving feedback (PDF slide set) - Quiz (form)
    1. 12 Tips (PDF slide set) from Faculty Development Session. Making the best use of feedback (article link)
  4. Infographics
    1. Site Planning (PDF) - Quiz (form)
    2. Daily Planning ( YouTube video, PDF) - Quiz (form)
    3. PCMH Planning (PDF) - Video
      1. PCMH Planning version 2 (PDF)
    4. Health Disparities Teaching Tool (PDF) (Video)

Teacher Consultation
Meet or speak with our interdisciplinary team of curriculum developers either in-person or by phone. Contact Tess for a list of educators available.

Advisory Committee Meeting
Attend an in-person 60-minute interactive session in either Spring or Autumn (dates to be determined). Bring your own insight on helping preceptors teach effectively and efficiently, brainstorm new ideas and meet with our program leaders. To get on the list, send us your email using the feedback form below.

Independent Learning
Share a brief description about how you have applied new teaching approaches: learned a new teaching application; or conducted a self-study on clinical teaching efficiency. Submit your experiences electronically here.

Professional Conference
Attend and submit a review of a faculty development session at a Professional Conference. This can include ones that are provided through our program, such as the workshops last September, or through the Department of Family and Community Medicine, such as the Winter Refresher Course. Or, these can be conferences that you attend as part of your routine professional development. A list of associations routinely offer conferences on medical education, from undergraduate medical education to resident and research.

Certificate Program Enrollees are eligible to apply for Volunteer Clinical Faculty status, which includes these medical college library services.



Our website is under development and we would appreciate your feedback. Please provide us with information you would like and items you would find useful on our site by filling out the information below.

What have you found particularly useful, or not useful, about our webpage? (1,000 character limit)


Is there anything that could make this page/site more useful to support your early clinical teaching? (1,000 character limit)


email address (optional, if you would like us to contact you for any reason)


Let us know what you would like us to contact you about. (1,000 character limit)


This program is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant #D55 HP23197
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Page Updated 10/21/2014