ROJoson’s Preceptorship of Medical Students in the Outpatient Department of the Philippine General Hospital

ROJoson’s Preceptorship of Medical Students in the Outpatient Department of the Philippine General Hospital

by Reynaldo O Joson on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 11:15pm

ROJoson’s Preceptorship of Medical Students in the Outpatient Department of the Philippine General Hospital


Preceptorship is a common and useful learning activity in medical education.  It is period of practical experience and training for a medical student or small group of students, that is supervised by an expert or specialist in a particular field.


During my medical student days, I had gone through preceptorship in all the clinical departments in the Philippine General Hospital (PGH).  The preceptorship could be one time with a consultant or for one whole semester with one consultant or different consultants. What I liked best during my medical student days was the preceptorship being held once a week for one whole semester, a total of about 12 weekly meetings. Because of this long interaction, a student tended to remember his/her consultant preceptor and his / her teachings.  A consultant preceptor in surgery I remember I was under for one whole semester circa 1972 and whom I came to like most was Dr. Romeo Gutierrez because of his simplicity and humility in teaching. He was later to become my wedding godfather in 1987.


When I became a faculty of the Department of Surgery of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Medicine (CM) and Philippine General Hospital in 1982, up to the present, 2011, I have been doing preceptorships year in and year out.  From 1982 up to 2004, whole semester preceptorships were being done for Level IV medical students.  One-time preceptorships were being done in higher levels.  With the advent of a new curriculum, organ-system integration, in 2005, preceptorships have been on a “one-time with a consultant basis.”  Personally, as a faculty, I prefer whole semester preceptorships with the same students.  Though more tedious, I usually get a greater satisfying feeling of being able to conduct a more complete and comprehensive teaching-learning activity with my students.  I am able to evaluate them better and have the opportunities to ensure they really learn and learn more in the subsequent meetings. I am able to get to know my students well.  Lastly, at the end of the semester-long preceptorship, with my investment in time and effort to teach them well, I can and like to feel I really did a “teacher” thing  (hopefully, my students will appreciate this and can remember me as one of their teachers or as once their teacher).


Below are pictures circa 2003 in a preceptorship that I conducted for Year Level IV medical students of the UP College of Medicine in the Outpatient Department of the Philippine General Hospital, where the students applied the management of a patient processes that I taught them the week before.  Note: I still do such kind of preceptorship in PGH for UPCM students as to the present.





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