Preceptor Information

Each year hundreds of students from Colorado health professional schools including medical, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, dental, physician assistant, and public health travel all over rural Colorado to learn and serve health professionals in rural communities.

Becoming a Preceptor:

As a real-world provider in rural Colorado, you have much to share and teach health professional students about practicing in rural areas.

• Receive a Clinical Faculty appointment in the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
• Family physician preceptors may receive 20 hours AAFP CME prescribed credit per calendar.
• Rural preceptors may be eligible for a $1000 tax credit for tax years.

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Becoming a Preceptor (pdf)

Benefits of Precepting:

• Teaching young healthcare professionals keeps you current and energized about your field of practice.
• Precepting prevents burnout.
• Precepting is a great recruitment tool.
• Point of Care Learning is the most effective teaching method and allows the preceptor to help improve the talents of students, improving care for countless patients.
• Precepting is an opportunity to “give back” in return for the excellent training you received.
• Precepting allows you to make a difference in where a student will ultimately practice.
•  YOU can make a difference in the kind of provider a student will be! Contact us at 970-426-4284.

The physicians at La Plata Family Medicine have participated as Associate Professors of Medicine through CU College of Medicine since 2012.

“Precepting medical students for their third year rotation in family medicine has been a rewarding experience for us at LPFM and is something that our patients have come to expect and enjoy.  Our former medical students have now started returning to the community as practicing physicians.   Showing third year medical students what it is like to practice medicine in a rural environment helps them make better decisions about choice of specialty and more importantly gives them an appreciation for primary care physicians that they carry forward no matter what specialty they choose.”

~ Lauren Loftis