A Handbook for Preceptors
DEPARTMENT OF FOOD SCIENCE AND HUMAN NUTRITION
Jointly administered by:
College of Human Sciences
College of Agriculture
Iowa State University
Revised May 2008
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Introduction 2
2. Role of the Preceptor 5
3. Preceptor Functions 8
4. Before You Start... Precepting Hints 14
5. Effective Precepting = Effective Teaching 16
6. Evaluation 20
7. Rotation Time-At-A-Glance Checklist 26
ISU Dietetics Internship Handbook for Preceptors
Material found in this handbook is adapted from four sources:
The ISU Community College Induction-Preceptoring Program Handbook created and edited by: John Van Ast, PhD, Janet Woldt, Jennifer Catron, and the ISU Department of Educational Leadership and Policies Studies. References and bibliography available upon request. 2000.
The Dietetics Educators Practice Group of the American Dietetic Association: Preceptor’s Guide For Teaching Dietetic Internship Students. This guide is an adaptation of information presented at DEP Area Meetings and COE Workshops, Developing Clinical Preceptors. Bruce Rengers, Janice Gary, Kyle Kimbel, and Noreen Schvaneveldt developed the materials on which this guide is based. 1999
Preceptor’s Guide For Teaching Dietetic Internship Students. Adapted and provided by the East Carolina University Dietetic Internship Program from the materials and information presented at DEP Area Meetings and ADA Workshop for "Developing Clinical Preceptors." Bruce Rengers, Janice Gary, Kyle Kimbel, Janet Sundberg and Noreen Schvaneveldt developed the materials on which this guide is based.
The Preceptor in Dietetics Education; Mardell A. Wilson, EdD, RD, 2002. The American Dietetic Association.
One important key to successful precepting is moving the intern from some level of dependence to a high level of independence.
In the dietetics field, a preceptor is similar to a mentor. The origin of the term "mentor" dates to the time of Homer, specifically to The Odyssey. Homer describes his hero, Odysseus, preparing to set out on a epic voyage, but his son, Telemachus, must remain behind. Odysseus asks a trusted friend, Mentor, to guide and counsel Telemachus in his absence. From this ancient literary figure, mentor has come to mean one who helps guide a protégé through a developmental process, whether that process be the transition from childhood to adulthood or from intern to professional or from novice dietetics professional to expert dietetics professional. Because of the complexity of this task, mentors are considered to be teachers, counselors, friends, role models, and more. As a preceptor with the ISU dietetics internship program you will fulfill many of these different roles.
The American Dietetic Association has affirmed the three-pronged approach to training dietetics professionals: Didactic knowledge, supervised practice, and examination. The supervised practice component is crucial in preparing interns and fostering the skills they need to be entry-level practitioners.
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