Professional Development

Foster the Next Generation of Physicians; Precept a UCSF Medical Student


The UCSF “Foundations of Patient Care” (FPC) is a longitudinal doctoring skills course that runs concurrently with foundational science courses throughout the first two years of medical school.

The program is currently seeking faculty preceptors for second year UCSF medical students in the 2015-2016 FPC course.

What Are The Expectations?

This teaching opportunity involves having a second year student see patients with you for 4 half-day sessions in either the ambulatory or inpatient setting. The sessions occur on Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday afternoons (i.e., a consistent day of the week as students have other scheduled classes when not in preceptorship) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.

Preceptorships are intended to provide your student(s) with an introduction to clinical pediatrics. Initially the students may be observing only, but there is an expectation that they will be able to have some direct interaction with patients and families over the course of their four sessions. Learning objectives for the sessions include:

  • Describe the unique aspects of the patient-physician relationship in pediatric medicine, as well as the unique features of the pediatric interview and physical examination.
  • Observe and also practice the interview, physical examination, and growth and development assessment skills. 
  • Identify standard approach used for documenting the pediatric health care visits and complete a write-up on a pediatric patient.
  • Understand environmental screening, health promotion measures, and anticipatory guidance appropriate for specific ages and developmental stages.
  • Recognize the physician’s roles and responsibilities in health promotion, specifically in health and environmental screening, patient education, and advocacy.

UCSF Preceptorship

Why Is This Important?

This teaching opportunity represents a critical component of the pediatric curriculum necessary for all medical students at UCSF. It is the first time that many students will have the opportunity to learn how to interact with and examine newborns, children, and adolescents. It provides an important perspective of how caring for pediatric patients is different than caring for adults and helps prepare students for the pediatric clerkship experience next year. It is also one of the first points of contact many students will have with our field and can serve as a way to encourage interest in pursuing a career in pediatrics and pediatric-based subspecialties.

RVU and CME Credits

As an incentive, a physician who precepts a student may receive CME credits from UCSF if you would like to consider the time involved in preparation or feedback as “faculty development” time.

Who Can Participate?

Serving as a FPC clinical preceptor is open to both general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists, and both ambulatory and inpatient based practices.

When do these sessions occur?

Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday afternoons, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, between October to early December 2015.

Pediatric Preceptorship sessions Tuesday, 1-5pm Wednesday, 1-5pm Thursday, 1-5pm
Session #1 10/13/2015 10/14/2015 10/15/2015
Session #2 10/20/2015 10/21/2015 10/29/2015
Session #3 11/3/2015 10/28/2015 11/5/2015
Session #4 11/10/2015 12/2/2015 11/12/2015

Do you have to be able to make all the sessions? Is there flexibility in the dates?

If you need to miss a day or two, student and/or preceptor can reschedule those dates at a mutually convenient time. We can offer some assistance with rescheduling dates if you let us know when you sign up.

How Do You Sign Up?

If you have questions or would like to sign up, please contact Patricia Ramirez at

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