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Goal

To provide experiential, enrichment, and academic placements which facilitate the development of a special set of skills, attitudes, and understandings for persons seeking entry into a program in Allopathic Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Chiropractic, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Optometry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, or Public Health.

Requirements

Evidence of interest in a health profession; demonstration of personal value and character traits conducive to the development of a concerned, qualified health professional; matriculation in an undergraduate pre-health professional program; and GPA 2.5.

Process

Completion of an application; Spring interview: Approval of preceptorship by CAHMCP staff; Orientation meeting; Placement; Submission of a logbook or grade; Follow-up evaluation; and attendance/ participation in Kwanzaa or other planned program activity.

The Range of the Preceptorship Program

Experimental

Participants are placed in hospitals, health centers, HMO's, or health professional offices in relationship to their specified career goal and given 'hands on experience'.  The minimum time required is 100 hours, which is arranged by the consent of the participant and Site Preceptor.

Enrich

Placement in advanced career preparatory and service initiatives.

Research

Placements are made with medical and life sciences researchers who are involved in research usually affiliated with a medical school.  Research programs at universities or at other health programs will be accepted.

Shadowing

Select participants will be placed with a health professional for a short, intense experience.

Academic

Courses can be taken to fulfill a pre-health curriculum requirement or for enrichment.

Student-Initiated

Usually such preceptorships simply involve activities offered by other health career development programs outside the Chicago metropolitan area, including sites overseas.

Director

Joan Krueger, Preceptorship Director
Chicago Area Health and Medical Careers Program
3424 S. State, Suite 4000
Chicago IL  60616-3793
Phone: (312) 567-3092
Fax: (312) 567-8865
e-mail: krueger@iit.edu

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