Leroy A. Rodgers, MD, Preceptorship Program

2017_preceptorship_program_flyerThrough the OAFP Foundation’s Leroy A. Rodgers, MD, Preceptorship Program, the Foundation offers grant funding to the departments of family medicine at the state’s medical schools for participating students’ preceptorship rotation stipends. Stipends are $300 per week for a four week preceptorship rotation. The maximum stipend for any one rotation is $1,200. Read excerpts from past participants.

Preceptorships match first- and second-year medical students with practicing family physicians in urban and rural settings for a period of four weeks during the summer months.

The Foundation disburses stipend funding directly to the departments of family medicine upon completion and submission of the participating students’ program requirements to the Foundation. These funds are provided in full to participating students. Indirect costs are not provided to the institution, and grant funds may not be used for this purpose.

Program Requirements:

  • Student must be an OAFP member
  • Medical school contact will submit the name of the student and medical school years completed to the Foundation
  • Student preceptors’ name and practice location (street address and phone number) must be submitted to the Foundation
  • The number of weeks in the preceptorship rotation must be submitted to the Foundation
  • Student will complete a report describing the value and/or impact of their preceptorship experience (photos of student with preceptor and/or during rotation activities are appreciated).
Please note that the requirements above are what is required to receive funding from the Foundation. Each medical school may have their own application and interview process. Please contact your corresponding University program coordinator listed below for specific application information and deadlines for participating in the program:
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine – Todd Fennimore
  • Northeast Ohio Medical University – Mary Sherman or call 330.325.6172
  • Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – Joanne Bray, MBA, MSN, CNP, or call 740.593.2513
  • The Ohio State University College of Medicine – Allison Macerollo, MD, or call 614.688.6490
  • University of Cincinnati College of Medicine – Nancy Jamison or call 513.558.1435
  • University of Toledo College of Medicine – Lindsey Brillhart or call 419.383.5557
  • Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine – Deanne Otto, PhD, or call 937.245.7292

Each Ohio medical school’s department of family medicine develops, implements, and evaluates its summer preceptorship/externship program curriculum and requirements. Through their respective departments of family medicine, participating students are selected and matched with a practicing family physician from urban and rural practice communities. The family physician preceptors volunteer to mentor the students. During these educational rotations students not only gain intensive exposure to family medicine’s whole person orientation – witnessing the continuous, comprehensive, and collaborative patient-centered care provided by family physicians; but, also experience and observe the difference family physicians make in the lives of the people in their communities – particularly those underserved in urban, rural, and special needs communities.

FQHC Component

The Foundation has partnered with the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) to provide medical students the opportunity to complete their rotation in a federally qualified health center (FQHC) or community health center (CHC) in Ohio. If you are interested in this practice setting, please let your university contact know. He or she will work with Foundation staff to coordinate a placement. To learn more about FQHC’s, visit the OACHC website.

Since 1990, over 980 medical students’ preceptorship experiences with family physician preceptors have been funded through the Leroy A. Rodgers, MD, Preceptorship Program. Program outcomes show one-third of all participants choose the family medicine specialty, and three-quarters of participants overall enter primary care career specialties.

The Leroy A. Rodgers, MD, Preceptorship Program is funded by donations from individuals, corporate members, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians’ regional chapters, and grants from the American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, and the AAFP Foundation Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium.

If you have questions, please contact Director of Events and Foundation Programs Kaitlin McGuffie or call 800.742.7327.