Preceptorships

What is a Preceptorship?

Many aspects of mentoring and precepting are similar, in that both approaches may depend upon:

  • effective role modeling in one-to-one relationships;
  • self-directed learning; providing a safe environment for critical reflection and practice;
  • the acts of advising, counseling, guiding, advocating, recognizing strengths and providing constructive feedback.

Suffice it to say that, from the vantage-point of the DAOM fellow, mentoring and precepting may be regarded as two sides of the same coin:

  • In a mentorship, the fellow is on the receiving end of the mentoring; the mentorship is a formal or informal process in structure, usually focuses on broader learning, career development and personal and professional growth through s consultative approach over a longer term.
  • In a preceptorship, the fellow is on the giving end of the mentoring; the preceptorship focuses on a formal process for assisting the novice practitioner to acquire beginning, practice competencies through direct supervision over a limited period of time.
Types of Preceptorships

There are several kinds Emperor’s College DAOM preceptorship.

Onsite Preceptorship opportunites at Emperor’s College are available for fellows that are interested in developing their teaching skills and style.

  • Clinical Preceptorship (aka Technical or Assistant Supervisor):  At EC Clinic, an optional, on-site rotation in which a DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model on a one-to-one basis for an Master’s student in the training clinic.  Customarily such a preceptorship is a one-to-one experience in which the fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model to the masters student. Each fellow is encouraged to do a minimum of 50 hours of Precepting onsite or offsite if it fits within their educational objectives.  (Arrange for this experience with Dean of Clinical Education.)
  • Didactic Preceptorship (aka Teaching Assistant):  At EC, an optional, on-site rotation in which a DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model on a one-to-one basis for the masters student in the classroom.  Customarily such a preceptorship is an experience in which the DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model for masters students.  Each fellow is encouraged to do a minimum of 50 hours of Precepting onsite or offsite if it fits within their educational objectives.  (Arrange for this experience with the Academic Dean or Associate Dean of the MTOM)
  • CE Preceptorship:  An optional, onsite project in which a DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model for the profession.  Customarily such a preceptorship is a small group teaching experience in which the fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model to other healthcare providers.  (Arrange for this experience with DAOM Program Office)

Offsite Preceptorship opportunites are available for fellows that are interested in developing their teaching skills and style.

  • Clinical Preceptorship (aka Technical or Assistant Supervisor):  an optional, off-site rotation in which a DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model on a one-to-one basis for a teaching Clinic at an institution outside of EC.  Customarily such a preceptorship is a one-to-one experience in which the fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model to the trainee.  Each fellow is encouraged to do a minimum of 50 hours of Precepting onsite or offsite if it fits within their educational objectives.  (Arrange for this experience with the DAOM Program Office)
  • Didactic Preceptorship (aka Teaching Assistant):  an optional, on-site rotation in which a DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model on a one-to-one basis for a masters training program classroom.  Customarily such a preceptorship is an experience in which the DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model to master’s students.  Each fellow is encouraged to do a minimum of 50 hours of Precepting onsite or offsite if it fits within their educational objectives.  (Arrange for this experience with the DAOM Program Office)
  • CE Preceptorship:  An optional, offsite rotation in which a DAOM fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model for the profession.  Customarily such a preceptorship is a small group teaching experience in which the fellow teaches, instructs, supervises and serves as a role model to other healthcare providers.  (Arrange for this experience with DAOM Program Office)
Goals
  • Onsite Preceptorship:  The goals of preceptorship as an onsite rotation at EC are to provide structured opportunities for fellows to apply the knowledge and practice teaching clinical skills.
  • Offsite Preceptorship:  A hybrid of the Clinical and Didactic Preceptorships.  Through this optional opportunity the DAOM fellow will apply the knowledge, skills and time to fulfill at least one personal program objective while meeting an identified education needs.
  • CE Preceptorship:  Through this optional opportunity the DAOM fellow will apply his/her knowledge, skills and time to fulfill at least one personal program objective while meeting an identified education needs.  In addition to its more obvious and undeniably flashier service aspects, Continuing Education (CE) primarily is undertaken for its educational value to the DAOM fellow. CE is a teaching and leadership strategy connecting classroom curriculum with teaching projects.  CE engages DAOM fellows in projects which serve the profession while building academic and professional skills.
Objectives
  • Upon completion of the onsite preceptorship at EC, the fellow shall be able to:
    • Demonstrate an ability to maintain professional interactions with patients, fellows, supervisors and clinic administration.
    • Accurately diagnose a patient and in turn, assess the master’s fellow’s diagnosis, treatment plan, and provide feedback regarding clinical considerations.
    • Use adult learning concepts with fellow interactions and select teaching methods based on fellow outcome objectives.
  • Upon completion of the preceptorship at an offsite location, the fellow shall:
    • Have a better grasp of their strengths and weaknesses.
    • Be better-known in and more familiar with their community.
    • Be more adept at making their self and practice more marketable by garnering favorable publicity for their practice.
    • Have better-integrated their practice with that of allied health professionals.
    • Have expanded or initiated for their practice the habit of public service.
Prerequisites and Corequisites
  • Didactic Preceptorship (EC Classroom).
    • For Needling Classes:  Current and Valid California Acupuncture License and Malpratice Policy (https://www.emperors.edu/miscellany/california-licensure-and-malpractice-information/)
    • Minimum one quarter DAOM program training.
    • Finished one quarter internship residency training at Emperor’s College clinic.
    • Submission and Approval for Precepting experience; provide individualized learning goals and methods of self-evaluation.  
    • The plan must be evaluated and signed by the DAOM Program director and the Master’s Program Associate Dean.
  • Offsite Preceptorship:
    • Submission and Approval for his/her Preceptorship Application
  • CE Preceptorship:
    • Submission and Approval for his/her Preceptorship Application.
Registration for Preceptorship
  • Clinical Preceptorship. When a DAOM fellow finishes all prerequisites, she/he may register for this optional preceptorship with the DPO and Dean of Clinical Education. Preceptorship must be finished within 6 quarters.  Each preceptorship rotation is 50 hours each quarter.
    • The following forms must be turned in during registration:
      • A copy of the application and learning plan with DPO signature.
      • Preceptorship Shift Request Form.
  • Didactic Preceptorship. When a DAOM fellow finishes all prerequisites, she/he may register for this optional preceptorship with the DPO and MTOM Academic Office. Preceptorship must be finished within 6 quarters.  Each preceptorship rotation is 50 hours.
    • The following forms must be turned in during registration:
      • A copy of the application and learning plan with DAOM director’s signature.
      • Preceptorship Shift Request Form
  • Didactic Preceptorship. When a DAOM fellow finishes all prerequisites, she/he may register for this optional preceptorship with the DPO and MTOM Academic Office. Preceptorship must be finished within 6 quarters.  Each preceptorship rotation is 50 hours.
    • The following forms must be turned in during registration:
      • A copy of the application and learning plan with DAOM director’s signature.
      • Preceptorship Shift Request Form
  • Offsite Preceptorship. When a DAOM fellow finishes all prerequisites, she/he may register for this optional preceptorship with the DPO and MTOM Academic Office. Preceptorship must be finished within 6 quarters.  Each preceptorship rotation is 50 hours.
    • The following forms must be turned in during registration:
      • A copy of the application and learning plan with DAOM director’s signature.
      • Preceptorship Shift Request Form
  • CE Preceptorship. When a DAOM fellow finishes all prerequisites, she/he may register for this optional preceptorship with the DPO and MTOM Academic Office. Preceptorship must be finished within 6 quarters.  Each preceptorship rotation is 50 hours.
    • The following forms must be turned in during registration:
      • A copy of the application and learning plan with DAOM director’s signature.

 

Please visit the Preceptorship Syllabus at https://www.emperors.edu/daom-course-syllabi/ to register your Preceptorship Project.

Program and Format

Clinical Preceptorship - EC Clinic

Clinical Preceptorship.  Preceptorship in the EC clinic is an optional rotation. However, once undertaken, it requires serious commitment. There are no vacations or leave time for the three-month period of supervising.

  • Before entering preceptorship, the fellow will design a formal learning plan for and their based on the preceptor’s approved learning plan. Each “BLOCK” (4 hours per day, times 13 weeks per quarter duration) will have one or two DAOM fellow preceptors scheduled. No more than three BLOCKs in one quarter are allowed. The preceptorship orientation meeting will be conduct by the Academic Dean of the DAOM program and the Dean of Clinical Education on an individualized basis.   Preceptors will meet each week with the Academic Dean of the DAOM Program to assess progress, issues, or clinical education issues re: the supervision process. The Clinic Director will oversee the acupuncture and herbal educational process of the preceptorship.
  • The quarter begins on the first day of clinic in the quarter and ends on the last clinic day.  The clinic semesters are three months each.
  • Time will be allowed for sick leave and days off with as early a notice as possible to the Clinic Director in order to have the best chance for a replacement to be identified.
  • DAOM fellows must not abandon their patients and interns during the break between quarters. Patients do not stop needing care just because a term has ended and  continuity of patient care is crucial to good practice management.
  • Senior clinical faculty who supervise at an Oriental medicine school may receive credit for these subsequent supervising hours, six months after enrolling in the DAOM program.
  • DAOM fellows have the responsibility to inform their Interns if they will not be able to be present for an appointment. Transferring an Intern to another preceptor must be discussed with the Intern prior to taking action. In case of absences due to illness or emergency, the DAOM fellow must call the front desk and leave a message before 8:00 a.m. Excused absences are rescheduled with the Dean of Clinical Education.
Didactic Preceptorship - EC Classroom

Didactic Preceptorship.  Preceptorship in the EC Classroom is an optional rotation. However, once undertaken, it requires serious commitment. There are no vacations or leave time for the three-month period of supervising.

  • Before entering preceptorship, the fellow will design a formal learning plan for and their based on the preceptor’s approved learning plan. Each “BLOCK” (4 hours per day, times 13 weeks per quarter duration) will have one or two DAOM fellow preceptors scheduled. No more than three BLOCKs in one quarter are allowed. The preceptorship orientation meeting will be conduct by the Academic Dean of the DAOM program and the Academic Dean of the Master’s program on an individualized basis.   Preceptors will meet each week with the Academic Dean of the DAOM Program to assess progress, issues, or clinical education issues re: the supervision process. The Academic Dean of the Master’s program and the Faculty will oversee the acupuncture and herbal educational process of the preceptorship.
  • The quarter begins on the first day of classes in the quarter and ends on the last class day.  The class semesters are 10 to 11 weeks each.
  • Time will be allowed for sick leave and days off with as early a notice as possible to the Academic Dean of the Master’s program and the Faculty in order to have the best chance for a replacement to be identified.
  • Senior clinical faculty who supervise at an Oriental medicine school may receive credit for these subsequent supervising hours, six months after enrolling in the DAOM program.
  • DAOM fellows have the responsibility to inform their Faculty if they will not be able to be present for a class. Transferring to another preceptor must be discussed with the Faculty prior to taking action. In case of absences due to illness or emergency, the DAOM fellow must call the Faculty and leave a message before 8:00 a.m. Excused absences are rescheduled with the Academic Dean of the Master’s program.

Please visit the Preceptorship Syllabus at https://www.emperors.edu/daom-course-syllabi/ to register your Preceptorship project.