Why are preceptors recruited for SHINE?
The preceptor is primarily responsible to supervise the health sciences students while they coordinate patient care. The preceptor will be a mentor and teacher to students throughout the treatment of the patient, and also through sharing his or her experiences and knowledge when time permits. Also, the preceptor will be providing interdisciplinary teaching to the students of other disciplines.
The students are encouraged to collect patient information, develop a differential diagnosis and care plan. The preceptor will guide the students to a diagnosis and treatment plan while emphasizing interdisciplinary collaboration.
The students will be involved in triaging patients and providing nursing services to the patients as necessary. The preceptor will, however, make sure quality care is given to the patient and direct the students as necessary (for example, properly performing wound care).
The students will be involved in taking patient histories and providing advice on medical treatment, as well as dispensing available medications. The preceptor will ensure quality care is given to the patient and direct the students as necessary.
Social Work Preceptors
It is impossible to fully treat a patient’s illness without looking into the social aspect of his or her life. Thus, social work is an intrinsic part of every patient encounter at SHINE. The preceptor is primarily responsible to provide social work services to SHINE patients by doing so directly and also educating students who interact with the patient how best to serve the patient’s social needs (like resources for finding a job, where the person can warm up on a cold day, etc).
Counselling Psychology Preceptors
The students will be involved in providing individual counselling services to patients as it is requested. The preceptor will ensure quality care is given to the patient and direct the students as necessary.
The students will be involved in individual nutrition counseling sessions under the guidance and direction of the preceptor. Throughout the year preceptors may be involved in resource development or special community presentations along with students.
SHINE Physiotherapy treats all ages at the clinic. The physiotherapy student volunteers take the lead in assessing and treating clients. The preceptor provides approval to the assessment findings and treatment plan, and serves as a resource to guide clinical decisions.
How many students will I be supervising?
A medical preceptor will provide guidance to 4-6 medical students.
A nursing preceptor will provide direct guidance to 1-2 nursing students.
A pharmacy preceptor will provide direct guidance to 1-2 pharmacy students.
A social work preceptor will provide guidance to students participating in patient care, right from when the patient is greeted at the door to when the patient is treated by the medical team. Thus, the preceptor guides about 8 students, insofar as providing social work guidance.
A dietetic preceptor will provide direct guidance to 1-2 students.
Two SHINE executive members will be on hand at all times to deal with any administrative issues that arise so preceptor supervision is mainly within the professional sense.
What is the time commitment?
Preceptors can participate as per their own availability; a typical commitment is 1 shift every 3 month. A shift lasts 4 hours, from 2:00-6:00pm.
Am I compensated for my work as a preceptor?
SHINE recognizes its’ preceptors for the their time and dedication through appreciation events.
What are the benefits of being a preceptor?
- Serving disadvantaged youth
- Acting as a role model and mentor for future health care practitioners
- Leadership, mentorship, and teaching experience
How do I sign up?
Contact Nick Pompa, VP Operations, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or provide our SHINE representatives with your contact information.
“I enjoy teaching students. I think it’s an incredibly valuable experience for students to learn to work with other allied health care professionals. The inner city youth are underserved, and this is a good opportunity for students to help their peers who are less fortunate than themselves.”