Primary Care Faculty Development Program at the Medical College

Early Clinical Learners Teacher Training Resource and Certificate Site

Teaching Early Ambulatory Medical StudentsWelcome! If you teach, or intend to teach medical students, this site is for you!

We are hopeful you will find this site useful.  We have included tools and resources created through our Faculty Development program, and links to other sites with additional materials. You can choose resources that best match your schedule and needs. Through your feedback, we aim to 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. View the HPSA website to determine shortage areas. 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 appreciate your feedback and input on what you need to precept well.


Preceptor Teaching Tools - After viewing any of the resources listed, test your knowledge with one of our "Just Checking" Quizzes.
  1. Infographics
  1. PCMH Planning version 2 (PDF)
  2. Health Disparities Teaching Tool(PDF)(Video)
  1. ARCH Feedback (PDF)

  • EBM Journey (PDF)

  • Priming for Efficient Patient Encounters (PDF)

  • Clues to Diagnose the Challenging Learner (PDF)

  • Teaching in the Patient's Presence [TIPP] (PDF)

  • Discover the Joys of Family Medicine (PDF)

  • Electronic Health Records: The Newest Teaching Tool (PDF)

Other resources:

  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)

Additional resource link:

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.

Master Teacher Certificate Program

This is a program designed to guide new preceptors toward resources, tools, and experiences that will assist in creating a richer, more engaged precepting experience for both preceptor and student.

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, or if you have any questions, 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 on this site. These will be expanded as our program develops and as we receive feedback from our program participants and preceptors.

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 (invitations sent by email when dates are 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 on our Faculty Development Feedback Form.

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 initial September workshops, 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:

Primary Care Related Education Conferences
Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP)
Pediatric Academic Societies
Pediatric Educational Excellence Across the Continuum (PEEAC)
Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM)
Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM)

General Medical Education Conferences
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Alliance for Continuing Education in Health Professions (ACEhp)
American Academy on Communication in Healthcare (AACH)
American Educational Research Association (AERA)
Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE)
Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME)
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME)
The Generalists in Medical Education

International Conference on Medical Education (ICME)
Ottawa Conference

Other Specialty Associations - Education-Related Conferences
American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Association for Surgical Education (ASE)

Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP)
Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE)
Centre for Evidence Based Medicine, Oxford University
Directors of Clinical Skills Courses (DOCS)
Hawaii International Conference on Education
International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
Learning Communities Institute, Tufts University
National Academies of Practice (NAP)
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
Southern Group on Education Affairs (SGEA)
Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Certificate Program Enrollees are eligible to apply for Volunteer Clinical Faculty status, which includes these Medical College of Wisconsin library services.

Give Us Your Feedback!

Our website is being continuously updated and improved based on feedback and we would appreciate your insight and comments. Please provide us with information you would like and items you would find useful on our site by filling out the information below.

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This program is funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant #D55 HP23197