Preceptor Education Program (PEP)

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Western Ontario, a project funded by The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Developed by: Bossers, A., Bezzina, M.B., Hobson, S., Kinsella, A., MacPhail, A., Schurr, S., Moosa, T., Rolleman, L., Ferguson, K., DeLuca, S., Macnab, J. & Jenkins, K.

About PEP

The topics and format of the Preceptor Education Program were chosen based on extensive review of currently existing preceptor programs and a survey of 600 clinicians, students and academic faculty.  Seven learning modules were developed and pilot tested in the spring and early summer of 2007.  What you will find when you register and enter the program is the results of these efforts.  The work does not stop here, however.  It is hoped that further funding in the future will allow us to improve and add onto the program as it exists today.

The learning modules can be used by any health care discipline.  Some of the content will be more applicable to students, and some to preceptors but most will be useful to both.  Students and preceptors may even choose to go through some of the modules together during the first weeks of placement.  You can log in at any time and complete one or more modules.  Each one should take approximately 30 minutes to complete, not including the optional learning activities.  These can be printed off and completed when convenient for you.  In fact all of the content is printer friendly.  You will find quick tips and useful lists that you’ll want to print off and keep handy.  The focus of these short modules is on practical tips, however, for those of you who wish to delve deeper into the topics, you will find links to websites and articles to further your learning. 

Throughout the modules you will be able to keep notes as you go along. The notes box is where you can record reflections and To-Do’s as well as copy and paste key points that you want to print off.  This way you can be selective and only print off the content that is most meaningful to you.  At the end of each module, you will be asked to provide some feedback about the module.  This is all we ask you to “give back”, and the information you give us will help us to further develop and improve the learning modules.  Before exiting the module, you will have the opportunity to write a brief reflection that captures your key learnings from the module and how you plan to use them in your practice, clinical teaching or clinical learning.  This reflection can be printed off together with a summary of what was covered in the module.  (This certificate of completion will be a handy document to add to your professional portfolio.)

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