I think back to my experiences as a student and have found supportive clinicians that helped to shape me into the clinician I am today (I was precepted by a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, an OB/GYN, a family nurse practitioner and a emergency department physician). I wish I had more time with a nurse practitioner preceptor but one simply wasn't available to me. I believe that made it harder to find my identity as a NP since I had to constantly bring in the nursing perspective melded with the medical piece. However, that enabled me to create that identity from scratch and make it my own.
Now I am curious. As a clinician (MD, NP, PA, etc) do you precept students? What do you look for in a preceptee? Do you feel that it is your professional responsibility to help train the next generation of providers? As a student, what qualities do you look for in a preceptor? What were some examples of good or bad experiences?
I'd love to hear your feedback.