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Medical preceptorship

Medical preceptorship

Due to COVID-19, the OSU Medical Preceptorship has been postponed until at least Fall 2021. We will continue to monitor the situation and run the program when it is safe and when we are allowed to do so.

The medical preceptorship (one credit, graded P/N) provides students the opportunity to shadow a physician for one academic term. During one quarter, students shadow their preceptor for a minimum of 27 hours, and are permitted to shadow as many hours as possible.

The preceptorship is competitive, and applicants should meet the following criteria:

  1. Junior or Senior class standing (favor is given to students applying or graduating within the next year.)
  2. Completion of sophomore level pre-medical coursework (general biology, general and organic chemistry)
  3. 3.55 cumulative OSU GPA
  4. Well-rounded applicant with previous healthcare volunteering or work experience, but minimal or no previous shadowing experience

If you do not meet all of these criteria, you are encouraged to wait to apply.

Due to OSU's restriction on in-person meetings, applications will still be accepted, but interviews will be conducted remotely.

Application process

Please submit your completed preceptorship application form to Cody Duncan ( by 7:00pm on the Friday of Week 2 the term before you wish to participate. For example, if you wish to participate in Winter term, you would submit your application by Week 2 of Fall term. Late applications will not be considered. If you meet minimum requirements, you will be invited to participate in an interview. Applicants are chosen for the program based on review of the initial application as well as the interview. During the interview, you will be asked several behavioral questions, and will be evaluated on your interpersonal skills, dress, demeanor, and preparation for the interview. Not all students that submit an application will be invited to interview, and not all students that interview will be accepted.

Program requirements

If you are accepted into the course, you will need to attend an orientation at Oregon State University, as well as meet the requirements of the medical facility you are assigned to. This may include submitting immunization records, sufficiently passing a 10-panel drug screen and background check, and attending additional trainings. Because the program is competitive, students are encouraged to seek out opportunities to shadow physicians in their hometown or through other routes. Do not rely on the medical preceptorship to gain the necessary shadowing experience to apply to medical school.

Evaluation of the medical preceptorship involves submitting three reflective journals and a preceptor evaluation of your time in the clinic. If all components are completed, you will receive a passing grade (P). If any parts are missing, you will receive a no-pass (N). It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all components are complete. There are no exceptions to this grading policy.

Students should consider the time commitment to the preceptorship prior to applying. Students are expected to follow through with their commitment to participate and to be professional in all of their actions while participating in the program.


In addition to the cost of participating in the credit, students are responsible for paying for liability insurance ($14, included in the course cost) as well as any additional cost incurred by participating in the program (including medical screenings and immunizations, drug screening, background check). You can arrange for these screenings after you are accepted into the program—do not complete them until instructed to do so. It is prudent to collect your immunization records and ensure they are complete when applying to the program.

Please direct any questions about the preceptorship to Cody Duncan (


Medical Preceptorship applications are due by 7 p.m. Friday of Week 2 one term before you wish to participate:

Spring term, 2020

Classes begin 3/30/20
Application deadline 1/17/20

Fall term, 2020

Classes begin 9/23/20
Application deadline 4/10/20

Winter term, 2021

Classes begin 1/4/21
Application deadline 10/9/20

Spring term, 2021

Classes begin 3/29/21
Application deadline 1/15/21

Fall term, 2021

Classes begin 9/22/21
Application deadline 4/9/21