The Annual Preceptor and Appreciation Banquet was hosted by the Office of Medical Education on June 8 at the Clinical Skills and Stimulation Center where the student community assessment projects were on display. The evening honored volunteer physicians who welcome medical students into their private practices, hospitals, clinics and a variety of other medical settings to give them the opportunity to apply what they have learned in the classroom to direct patient care. Preceptors play an integral role in undergraduate medical education in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine courses, supervising and serving as role models for medical students and imparting their knowledge, wisdom and experience on taking a history, performing a physical exam, the doctor-patient relationship, clinical reasoning, humanism, professionalism, health promotion and disease prevention. This year’s event honored preceptors with 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. View the Preceptor and Appreciation Banquet photo gallery here.
Before the honorees were recognized, Matthew Kapklein, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of clinical pediatrics, presented “Mastering the Diagnostic Process for Optimal Patient Outcomes.” Ofelia Martinez, M.D., M.P.H., left, assistant professor of medicine, course director for Foundations of Clinical Medicine II, and medical director of the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, and Jeanne Wilson, M.D., right, instructor of pediatrics and course director for Foundations of Clinical Medicine I, congratulated and thanked Stuart Beeber, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics, for his 25 years of service as a preceptor. “Dr. Beeber has helped make the first year of medical school less overwhelming with his very disarming and trustworthy demeanor. He is a caring and hardworking physician who our class will always look to for advice and example,” wrote one of his students.