Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Resident-Preceptor Opportunities

Community pediatricians may serve as preceptors for pediatric residents in the office setting. This educational experience may occur in one of two formats.

One Month Block in the Pediatrician's Office
Upper level residents may elect to spend a one-month block in the office with a private pediatric preceptor. During this time, the resident will experience office-based practice “up close and personal.” The resident is expected to participate with the preceptor in the daily activities of a pediatrician. This may include morning and evening hospital nursery and ward rounds, seeing patients in the office, and attending any administrative and legal meetings in which the preceptor participates.

Half a Day Weekly or Biweekly in the Pediatrican's Office
Second and third year residents may elect to spend a half day weekly or biweekly in the office of a practicing pediatrician preceptor. Since 1994, both residents and preceptors have enjoyed this Community Preceptor Clinic program. Future general pediatricians and subspecialists among the housestaff have learned “real world” pediatrics in a manner that cannot be duplicated inside the university medical center.

This program begins with the resident taking a month-long rotation in the preceptor’s office. He will then spend an average of one half day every other week seeing patients with the preceptor. This experience allows the resident a more longitudinal view of pediatric practice and allows the housestaff to learn more about non-clinical aspects of practice as well.

While working with the preceptor in the office setting, residents may benefit from “shadowing” their preceptor as they observe how the preceptor approaches patients, how he/she communicates with patients and parents, etc. But, it is also very valuable for the housestaff to see patients on their own and discuss their findings and management plans with the preceptor to the extent allowed by the specific practice. A balance between these two methods is beneficial for a pediatrician in training.

Both of the above precepting opportunities are generally for pediatricians who have been in private practice for more than one year, allowing them time to build up patient volume.

For more information, contact Trish Nielsen at or call (615) 322-3023.

Last Edited: July 25, 2017
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