MAFP, STFM Seek Your Insight on Precepting

MAFP hosted its first Member Mixer of 2018 at the home of George Mogill, MD, FAAFP in Bloomfield Hills on January 28 to provide a small group of members from Southeast Michigan the opportunity to get to know each other better in an informal and fun atmosphere.

In addition to wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, a portion of the two-hour Member Mixer focused on a precepting discussion sponsored by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

“It was great to spend time with colleagues, enjoy wine and food in an informal atmosphere, and share perspectives on teaching in medicine,” said Paul Thomas, MD (Detroit).

There is widespread agreement that there are not nearly enough primary care preceptors in Michigan or across the country to provide students hands-on opportunities with patients in real-world settings.

“Without hands-on clinical experience beyond shadowing, too many students miss out on the opportunity to truly understand the challenge, complexity, joy, enduring relationships with patients, and personal and professional fulfillment that a career as a Family Physician provides,” said Susan Stevens, DO, FAAFP (Livonia), who has been precepting since her first year as a practicing physician in 1994.

In 2016, STFM hosted a summit—supported, in part, by a grant from the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation—to identify why Family Physicians precept, challenges to precepting, and ideas for how to overcome those challenges. Armed with knowledge from the summit, STFM established a Preceptor Expansion Action Plan consisting of specific tactics to address the challenges. STFM is now gathering information to further the work of those tactics with the goal of changing the culture of precepting in practices and health systems.

STFM would like to hear from you!

Click here to answer some questions about your perception of and experience with precepting. The survey will remain open until February 19.

Are you interested in attending a MAFP Member Mixer this year?

We are looking for members willing to offer their homes as the host site for a Member Mixer, and for fun activities (e.g., whirlyball, bowling) that physician, resident, and student members might enjoy as part of a Member Mixer. Please email MAFP Director of Business Development & Operations, Michael Macias, at with your ideas.