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Are you comfortable with the idea of precepting medical interns?

1 of 30 Family Physician Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on December 4th, 2018 |
How to Answer

While you may not be required to train residents during their internship, some facilities do have that option. If you are comfortable, that's great. If you are not, don't be afraid to tell the interviewer. Not everyone wants to take on an educator role. It is better to be upfront now, rather than having to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable later.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I would love an opportunity to have an intern work with me. I had great experiences with the physicians that I did rotation with and would love an opportunity to give someone else that kind of experience."

Entry Level
Answer example

"I think being able to precept interns is a great opportunity. I must admit, at this point in my career, I would like to gain a little more independent experience before i jumped right into the educator role. However, I am certainly interested in having the chance when I am able to become a little more experienced."

Experienced
Answer example

"Having interns with me is something I really enjoy. If your facility has a mentorship program or offers opportunities for staff physicians to precept interns, I would definitely be on board with that!"

Written by:

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 06/23/2013
Last modified on: 12/04/2018
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