Precepting Scenarios

These scenarios focus on the interaction between a preceptor and a learner, usually a 3rd year medical student, as they care for a patient. Each of these pieces covers two areas: the process of the teaching-and-learning interaction and interesting content related to a patient's presentation. The preceptor in these sample conversations aims to get a commitment, probe for supporting evidence, reinforce what was right, correct any mistakes, and teach general rules.

As you read the scenarios, pay special attention to what the medical student is saying and how the preceptor responds, often by asking another question. You may want to recall experiences with past students and assess your own teaching in relation to these sample conversations.

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