The effect of a rural family practice preceptorship on medical students' residency selection

Fam Pract Res J. 1993 Dec;13(4):385-9.


Objective: We suspected our senior medical student rural family practice preceptorship was a positive influence on students' selection of family practice as a specialty.

Methods: A five-year study of 598 students' specialty choices before and after their preceptorship was done and compared to eventual residency choice.

Results: Of these students, 565 (94.5%) appeared to be uninfluenced by the preceptorship. Of the 33 students who reported a change in residency choice after completing the rural preceptorship, 15 (2.5%) chose a family practice residency.

Conclusions: The rural preceptorship was found to have a positive influence on students' choice of family practice residency positions.

MeSH terms

  • Career Choice*
  • Family Practice / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency
  • Preceptorship*
  • Rural Health