Tools and Solutions for Common Challenges

Teaching Physician is a comprehensive web-based resource that connects medical schools and residency programs to community preceptors. It delivers videos, tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to in-depth information on precepting topics. Learn more

Focus of the Month: Your Staff Members Are Teachers

During their brief tenure under your supervision, your learners look to you for guidance, knowledge, and experience. They also absorb a great deal of information from your staff as well. Your staff teaches by welcoming a learner and introducing them to the patients, by providing them with technical support, or simply by helping them find their way around the office.

Because they are important to your learners’ development, prepare your staff for a new learner’s arrival. Print the Characteristics of Ideal Preceptors found on and post it where every team member can read it. Additionally, you can share Teaching Physician’s “Welcoming a Learner” page or any of the many resources found in the sidebars of those pages.

Resources that will help you incorporate staff are:

Log in to today and use the Topic Index to get a detailed overview of what is currently on the website.

This enduring material activity, Teaching Physician, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 37.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. AAFP certification begins January 16, 2014. Term of approval is for two years from this date with the option of yearly renewal. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.