Pre-Medical Preceptorship Program

PRE-MEDICAL PRECEPTORSHIP PROGRAM

The Pre-Medical Preceptorship Program offers the opportunity for students to shadow practitioners affiliated with THR’s Arlington Memorial Hospital and John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth (tentatively starting spring 2023) while tying in academic components for course credit. Interested students must apply and are selected through a competitive application process and must meet the criteria below. (Note: shadowing opportunities are dependent on THR and UTA policies regarding COVID-19).

 

PROGRAM MISSION

This program is intended to provide an opportunity for students to connect the day to day experiences of a medical professional with current healthcare topics. This includes objective analysis of data and discussions surrounding the reality of healthcare along with the challenges associated in this field.   

 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED FOR FALL 2022 - SPRING 2023 APPLICATION OPEN SEPTEMBER 9, 2022

APPLICATION LINK: COMING SOON

 

THOUGHTS from PAST PRECEPTORSHIP STUDENTS

"My opinions and mindset surrounding medicine and being a physician have certainly evolved after finishing the preceptorship [program]. I now [have] a more knowledgeable picture of medicine in comparison to the one I had before this experience."

"By the time I was a formal participant of the preceptorship program I was lost on what my mission in pursuing medicine was, an advantage that I believed I possessed coming into university. This semester stood as a transition in my career path where I tried my best to readdress my motivation through this preceptorship program. Eventually, through many lengthy discussions about the issues in healthcare, my obstacle manifested in my fledgling ability to form connections of the raw experience to my personal vision." 

"My perspective shifted from a black and white version of medicine to incorporating intangible ideals such as the social determinants of health. My understanding of medicine seemingly grew out of the pages of a textbook. This program has allowed me to approach situations from multiple angles and relish the lifelong learning process of medicine. "

 

ELIGIBLITY CRITERIA

  • A minimum of 60 earned, graded US/Canadian college credit hours (must be completed by start of Preceptorship term; AP credit does not count)
  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.4. For post-baccalaureate students, a minimum UTA post-bacc GPA of 3.6 in 12 hours including at least 6 hours of 3000/4000 level sciences towards medical/PA programs
  • Must be a currently enrolled UTA student and have completed at least one full semester at UTA
  • Must have completed BIOL and CHEM 1441 & 1442 or equivalent. Preference given to students with strong science backgrounds with upper level sciences 
  • Demonstrates a motivation towards medicine through healthcare related work, volunteering, or shadowing experiences after high school
  • Is not (or will not be) an applicant in the current medical/pa school cycle (2022-2023) during the preceptorship term
  • A well-articulated motivation toward medicine as presented in a personal statement
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from assigned hospital site with availability on some weekday mornings

Students are registered for a 3 hour Journal Club course by the Program Coordinator after acceptance into the program. The course is scheduled for Mondays from 3-4:20pm. (BIOL 3348) Course credit can be applied as elective credit for most degree plans but should be reviewed with your advisor. Please keep in mind that tuition and fees must be paid by the student. Students are expected to complete a minimum number of shadowing hours (typically on weekday mornings) during the term along with attending and participating in the academic portion of the weekly course. Keep this in mind when registering for classes.

 

APPLICANT SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants will be reviewed holistically. Competitive applicants will be selected and invited for an interview. Final selections will be made after the interview depending on number of practitioners available. Selection criteria will be based on:

  • MEETING THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
  • ACADEMIC ABILITY: Overall GPA, Science GPA, trend
  • MOTIVATION TOWARDS MEDICINE: Clinical and Non-Clinical Experiences, Volunteering, Personal Statement
  • CRITICAL THINKING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS : Interview
  • FINAL SELECTION: After Interviews
  • Average of 12 students selected depending on preceptor availability

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Application Opens: Friday, September 9, 2022
  • Application Deadline: Sunday, October 23, 2022 @ 11:59 pm
  • Application Review: week of October 31st (tentative) 
  • Applicants notified for an Interview: week of Nov 7th (tentative) 
  • Interviews: week of Nov 7th and/or 14th (tentative) 
    • NOTE: Interviews last appx 15-20 minutes and plan to be in-person
  • Candidates notified of acceptance: week of Nov 21st and/or 28th (tentative) 
  • MANDATORY Journal Club - Mondays at 3-4:20p pm in LS 128