Prospective Clinical Faculty
Attending preceptors are asked to participate in the following capacities:
1) Act as an educator for our students. Participating students have generally completed their first year of medical school. They can be expected to have had a basic understanding of the patient history and physical examination, but have not yet had a formal introduction to microbiology, pharmacology, pathology, or physical diagnosis. While this does not mean that you cannot teach this to the students, please understand that they may have limited experience in some of these subjects.
2) Act as a mentor for individual students. As most of the students will be at the beginning of their medical education, they will be very appreciative of any helpful tips and mentoring that you can provide to them. Good mentoring goes a long way in guiding our development from student to physician!
3) Act as a teacher for the group. Meeting as a group provides a wonderful opportunity to pass on some useful tools, particularly with regard to clinical skills. Ideally, we would like you to meet with the students as a group at least twice per every seven days. The meeting can be informal (e.g., dinner), but should include a discussion of several teaching points that are directly relevant to patient care in Leon, based on the types of patients you have seen. This can range from basic physical exam skills to unique patterns of healthcare and/or disease that arise from larger scale factors (e.g., tropical disease, malnutrition, cultural practices, etc.). Anything else that can help form a mental skill set for the students is much appreciated.
4) Act as diplomat for our program. Solid relationship building is a key to our success while in Leon. It is through the assistance of our host institution, UNAN-Leon, that we are provided access to hospitals, clinics, and local physicians. Please remember that you are a guest in their facility. The definitive word on patient care is reserved for Leon clinicians, and as always, when in doubt about something, please ask for their guidance. Moreover, as a representative of UCDSOM we may ask you to meet with clinical faculty, administrators, or government officials while in Leon. A medical student and/or translator will be provided to assist you.
5) Have a great time! The warm reception of our gracious hosts and most of the people we encountered in Leon should not be missed. While we recruit faculty to provide outstanding professional mentoring and guidance, we sincerely hope that you will all have a fantastic time exploring a new culture, meeting new people, and visiting a different country. We encourage you to participate in whatever activities appeal to you during your stay in Nicaragua!
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Faculty are encouraged to examine the Physician Guide for the above as well as some additional detail of physician duties during the program. Additionally, physicians may wish to examine the Student Manual that was developed to introduce students to Nicaragua and our project. Included in this document are descriptions of the clinics, background on Nicaragua and León, tips on where to eat and travel, a packing list, etc.
Past faculty experiences