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Our students gain invaluable experience working with physicians of various specialties and backgrounds in a clinical setting. If you are interested in the opportunity to work with and educate medical students in your clinic, we encourage you to reach out for more information on becoming a voluntary physician preceptor. The Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine has three phases of curriculum that require physician preceptors:
Longitudinal Primary Care (LPC): runs all four years of the MD program. Students are placed in an ambulatory clinical setting to practice history-taking, physical examination, communication skills and patient management on patients — under the supervision of attending primary care physicians. The LPC model is concentrated on three disciplines: Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Family Medicine.  Students will learn to function as a member of a primary care team, providing continuity of care to patients. The typical commitment is one half-day per each week. 


Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship: Throughout the core clerkship, Fertitta Family College of Medicine students will participate in the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), which is based on a hybrid-rotation model that exposes students to various fields of medicine, simultaneously, for enhanced learning and retention of knowledge. In this model, learning occurs within concentrated experiences in four hospital-based inpatient settings of internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics and obstetrics-gynecology. In addition, students will learn across longitudinal, primarily ambulatory, experiences to allow continuity of patient contact and care, assessment and supervision, and clinical and cultural engagement. The usual commitment during the ambulatory phase of the LIC is 1 day per week for 12 weeks.



Advanced Clerkship includes four core clinical rotations:
  1. Intensive Care Unit (4-week rotation)
    Students may choose medical, surgical, neurological, pediatric or newborn ICU
  2. Sub-internship (4-week rotation)
    Students may choose medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatry, neurology or family medicine
  3. Emergency Medicine (4-week rotation)
  4. Rural Health (4-week rotation)

Electives: During the late third year of medical school and throughout the fourth year of medical school, our students can have four-week clinical electives.

Preceptor Requirements

  • Preceptor Qualifications: practicing physician with a M.D. or D.O. degree.
  • Preceptor Responsibilities: provision of clinical instruction, oversight of medical student at the clinical site and completion of medical student evaluations in a timely manner.
  • Benefits of Precepting: faculty appointment, access to University of Houston library, access to weekly grand rounds and future continuing medical education offerings.
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