6 week Summer Preceptorships

The Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorship is a paid 6 week experience for graduate and professional level students who are enrolled in a health professions program including but not limited to:  medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, public health, social work, physicial therapy, nutrition, etc.  Four to six students representing the different health professions are selected for this interprofessional experience.  Selected students will receive a $1,500 stipend.  Limited housing and meals are provided by the host sites.  Students are exposed to all aspects of a rural healthcare community. 

Program Goals:

  • To learn about the social and health characteristics, needs and resources of a specific rural community 

  • To understand the roles and responsibilities of different healthcare providers in
    a rural community

  • To reflect on a future career as a healthcare provider in a rural community and potential interest in this location as a future career location  

The preceptorship is designed to:

  • Provide experience in rural healthcare settings;

  • Acquaint students with rural lifestyle;

  • Convey knowledge and appreciation for a variety of health professions disciplines;

  • Create awareness of rural health needs;

  • Provide an opportunity for students to learn and work in an environment that supports health professionals working together, encourages awareness and acceptance of different cultures and promotes learning through active and organized participation in the community.     


There are four components of the experience:

  1. Clinical Component - Consists of roughly 15 days of shadowing health care professionals

  2. Community Service Learning (CSL) Project  - The purpose of the CSL is to emphasis the community context of healthcare.  It is a group project that is decided on by the host site and typiclaly benefits the larger community.  Students spend at least one day a week working on the project.  Results of the project are presented on the final day of the preceptorship.  

  3. Classroom Component - Students meet weekly for a guided faculty session.  Topics include reflection, case studies and discussions around rural issues.

Click here for a listing of Past Participants.

Applications are available in January and are due March 31, 2016

For more information, contact Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper at 815 395.5854 or by e-mail at:  vweide1@uic.edu.

Please click on article title to read about the summer 2012 preceptorship.  Summer Program Gives Students Experience in Rural Illinois Hospitals, Rural Monitor Newsletter, Fall 2012.