6 week Summer Preceptorships

The Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorship is a 6 week rural immersion program for health professions students.  It is a six week, paid, full-time experience.

The preceptorship provides an opportunity for highly motivated students to learn in a real-world setting that supports health professionals from different disciplines working together and promotes learning through active and organized participation in the community.  

The experience is designed to:  

  • Provide experience in a rural healthcare setting;
  • Acquaint students with rural lifestyle;
  • Convey awareness, knowledge and appreciation for a variety of health professions disciplines;
  • Careate awareness of rural health needs; and
  • Introduce students to rural practice and encourage consideration of practicing in a rural area.
Health professions students must have at least completed their sophomore year of undergraduate training and demonstrate an interest in rural healthcare.  The following health professions disciplines are encouraged to apply:  medicine, physician assistant, pharmacy, nursing, public health, social work, physicial therapy, nutrition, as well as others.  

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  


Click here for a listing of Past Participants

Click here for a Program Brochure.

Click here for an Application

Click here for an example of a Student Schedule

The following hospitals/communities will be participating in the 6-week Rural Interprofessional Health Professions Summer Preceptorship for summer 2016:

Gibson Area Hospital - Gibson City, Illinois

St. Mary's Good Samaritan (SMG) Hospital - Centralia, Illinois

The following documents are needed to apply:   

  • Completed application 
  • Personal Statement – should reflect why you are interested in:  (limit two pages)
    • Learning about other health professions
    • Rural immersion and reasons for your interest in learning about rural healthcare
    • Engaging in a community project (Applicable to the 6 week preceptorship only.)
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty instructor
  • Rank the preceptorship locations by your first and second choice
  • $25 application fee.  Checks can be made out to the University of Illinois 

Completed applications (including all of the above documents) are to be mailed, e-mailed or faxed byMARCH 31, 2016 to:
Vicki Weidenbacher-Hoper, 
National Center for Rural Health Professions
 College of Medicine at Rockford
1601 Parkview Avenue
Rockford, IL 61107
E-mail:  vweide1@uic.edu
Phone:  815 395-5854

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.