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Precepting a UNC Medical Student

Medical Student Overview

The medical students are in their third year at University of North Carolina School of Medicine, one of the top-ranked public medical schools in the country. All have had introduction to clinical skills and have worked in outpatient settings. During the year, the students will also rotate through inpatient clerkships in General Surgery, Pediatrics, OB/Gyn, Psychiatry, Neurology and Medicine. These UNC medical students are Charlotte Campus students, high priority learners recruited by Atrium Health. They can contribute to your practice in the following ways:

  • Take histories, perform physical exams, develop differentials, research literature to answer clinical questions, and make plans.
  • Fully trained in Canopy, able to document “SOAP notes” and “H&P’s” in the electronic health record, counsel patients on healthy lifestyles and behavior modifications.
  • Follow patients to consultations, hospitalizations and diagnostic testing to ensure continuity.

Time Commitment and Compensation

  • ½ day a week for 24 weeks with the same student. May opt for an additional 24 week block.
  • Compensation is about $100 per half day.
  • Requires an MD or DO to be the primary preceptor.

The Role of the Preceptor

  • Share wisdom and clinical expertise.
  • Provide formal written feedback by completing online evaluation forms 3 times a year.
  • Attend one faculty development session prior to student’s arrival. Optional sessions available.
  • If out of the office, a partner may work with the student or the clerkship director can assist you.

The Role of the Medical Student in your Practice

  • The first half day should be orientation to your practice, meeting staff, and observing the preceptor with several patients.
  • From then on, the student should be allowed to go into a room alone to take a focused history and perform appropriate parts of the physical, research the patient’s concerns, formulate a differential and plan, and be prepared to give an oral presentation.
  • Students will gain momentum in a short amount of time as they are spending half-days each week in OBGYN, Family Medicine, Outpatient Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and shifts in the Emergency Department as well as attending weekly classes in simulation, ultrasound and ethics. Students should see 3-4 patients per half day and advance as capable.

Read the policy on teaching medical students and ACP learners at Atrium Health.

Atrium Health Administration Contact Information

The community preceptors play an important role in the clinical training and mentoring of our medical students. Under the supervision of their community 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.

Heather Tarantino, MD
Heather Tarantino, MD
Assistant Dean and Director Undergraduate Medical Education

Dr. Tarantino is available for student advice and support. She is not involved in student evaluations so students can have the freedom to discuss sensitive issues or other concerns.

Phone: 704-446-9248

Michele Birch, MD
Director of Academic Services

Phone: 704-304-7126

Celeste Colcord
Celeste Colcord, MS
Director, Operations and Finance

Celeste coordinates the Charlotte Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum program.

Phone: 704-446-5556