Join Us - Become a Preceptor!

About Preceptors

The community preceptor is a skilled practitioner who supervises medical students and/or residents in a clinical setting to allow practical experience with patients. The community preceptor is expected to provide educational experiences consistent with the goals and aims of the Department of Family Medicine, The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba.

Preceptors teach students at all levels of training:

  • Undergraduate Medical Student Clerkship (5 weeks)
  • Postgraduate Rural Family Medicine Selective (8 weeks)
  • Postgraduate Bilingual Program Placements (5 or 6 months)
  • Postgraduate Resident Core Rotations (4 weeks)
  • Undergraduate Medical Student Electives (2 - 4 weeks)

Medical students consistently rate their Family Medicine clerkship experience as one of their best rotations. We attribute this success to our community preceptors and the warm welcome students receive when they are on placement.


To teach medical students, you must have full registration with The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. Certification from The College of Family Physicians of Canada is not required, but preferred.


We pay a stipend for each week of placement, though this is unlikely to be your motivation for wanting to mentor a student or resident. Most physicians become preceptors because they enjoy the camaraderie, appreciate the service the students and residents contribute to their practice, and feel good about being involved in someone’s education and future career. We believe your relationship with our students and residents will be among the most rewarding of your professional life.

Preceptors Receive:

  • Orientation materials
  • Clinical teaching workshops
  • A University of Manitoba appointment
  • University email account
  • Full access to the university library system and online collection
  • Invitations to special events

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Educational

  • Is aware of the educational objectives of the relevant rotation/placement and works toward meeting them
  • Orients students/residents to the clinic, practice, and hospital
  • Discusses his/her educational goals, expectations, and prior experiences with students/residents at outset of rotation
  • Sets reasonable expectations of students/residents and modifies these based on observed progress
    at the beginning of the rotation, sets a schedule for students/residents and shares this with the students/residents and the program
  • Participates in direct observations of students/residents and facilitates ongoing case discussions
2) Administrative
  • Ensures students/residents have adequate space to work
  • Provides access to a computer with Internet access for students/residents to use in the clinic
  • Consults with others, as appropriate, in completing required evaluations
  • Completes  a midpoint  evaluation  if  required  and  reviews  it  with the student/resident
  • Seeks input from appropriate program personnel if progress is unsatisfactory (i.e., the Director, Undergraduate Education or the Assistant Director, Education of the relevant residency stream)
  • Completes the final evaluation and reviews it with the student/resident
  • Forwards the final rotation evaluation (i.e., FITER [final in-training evaluation report] or ITER [in-training evaluation report]) to the program
  • Submits or approves invoices for receiving preceptor payments as required
  • Participates in continuing professional development and faculty development by engaging in a variety of scholarly activities


(as relevant)

Associate Department Head, Distributed Medical Education
Director, Postgraduate Education
Associate co-directors, Urban Stream
Associate Director, Rural Stream
Associate Director, Bilingual Stream
Associate Director, Northern Remote Stream
Director, Undergraduate Education



Educational Support Supervisor 
Beth Lloyd

Contact for more information about duties and responsibilities of a preceptor

Debby Hando

Contact for information on acquiring a U of M Academic Appointment to become a preceptor

Academic Appointment (Nil-Salaried)

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