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TeachingPhysician.org is a comprehensive web-based resource that connects medical schools and residency programs to community preceptors. It provides point-of-need instruction for preceptors in the form of videos, tips, answers to frequently asked questions, and links to in-depth information on precepting topics. See the full Topic Index here. Our help page for preceptors and administrators is here.

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The AAFP has reviewed TeachingPhysician.org, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 03/15/2022 to 03/15/2023. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Please visit this page to see credit amounts per section. 

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The ABFM Precepting Performance Improvement Program

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Precepting Performance Improvement Program allows academic units (Sponsors) to offer Performance Improvement credit (MOC IV) to family physicians who teach medical students or residents and who participate in a teaching improvement activity.

In support of this, the interactive online self-assessment tool allows preceptors to self-identify their teaching competency areas and highlight areas of interest for future improvement. The results from the self-assessment tool contain links to faculty development content on TeachingPhysician.org. Preceptors can do this for their own benefit, or in an effort to fulfill the requirements of the Performance Improvement credit. The results of the self-assessment are private, and you need only share them with your institution if you choose to. 

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If you're a resident who is expected to teach medical students, follow this path to learn best practices and techniques for precepting.
If you're a new preceptor, follow this path to get a crash course in precepting.
If you're an established preceptor, follow this path to learn advanced tips and techniques.
If a new learner is about to join your practice, follow this path to make their transition into your practice go smoothly.
If wish to read all available pages in the competency domain Teacher and Professionalism, follow this path.
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If wish to read all available pages in the competency domain Teacher and Assessment, follow this path.
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If wish to read all available pages in the competency domain Teacher and Environment, follow this path.


Focus of the Month

Identify Types of Learner Difficulty

While you have high hopes of success for learners entering your clinic, learners do occasionally arrive with academic or behavioral problems that have not yet been identified, either by themselves or by other faculty. As a preceptor or faculty, you have the opportunity to identify a problem and offer feedback and direction. However, you will want to familiarize yourself with the various difficulties a learner may exhibit.

There are four classes of learning difficulties: Affective, Cognitive, Structural, and Interpersonal. Affective difficulties may arise from life events that push learners into affective states that manifest as sleep disorders, memory loss, withdrawal, and failure to perform. Early identification and intervention is critical for positive outcomes. For example, you may observe a learner who has lost motivation, which can be an indication of an affective difficulty. Consult your institution’s guidelines on what steps to take if you identify a learner in difficulty. Read on to learn more about the other three types.

More Pages About Learners in Difficulty

You can learn more about this topic by visiting the Learners in Difficulty section, including pages on:

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