FAQs for Medical Students

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FAQs for medical students

How do I know if I am eligible?
If you are a first-or second-year Texas medical student you are eligible to participate in the program.

How long is a rotation?
Preceptorship rotations lengths depend on you. The minimum requirement is two weeks. You have the option of three to four week rotations at the same facility for the entire rotation.

What will I get to do during my preceptorship?
You will be exposed to a number of things. It really depends on the type of practice you are matched with and the interests that you note in your application. For example, if you are interested in sports medicine we will try to match you to a sports medicine/family physician.

How much will I be paid?
Stipends depend on the duration and location of your rotation:

  • Spend four weeks in a rural underserved area receive $5,000
  • Spend three weeks in rural underserved area receive $3,750
  • Spend two weeks in rural underserved area receive $2,500
  • Spend four weeks in an urban area receive $3,000
  • Spend three weeks in urban area receive $2,250
  • Spend two weeks in urban area receive $1,500

To determine if your preceptorship qualifies as a MUA/HPSA or Rural area,
click the links and follow the steps below.

MUA/HPSA – 1) Type preceptor’s address

Rural – 1) Select the 2013 Rural-Urban Continuum Codes data set; 2) determine the preceptor’s county; and 3) make sure the county is non-metro and that the population is less than 125,000.

When will I get paid?
You will receive payment after you and your preceptor submit final evaluations. Evaluations are available after the scheduled rotation is completed. Evaluations are located on the student dashboard within the TAFP website. You must submit this information in a timely manner in order to receive timely compensation.

Do I have to commit to Family Medicine to participate?
No. By participating in the Preceptorship Program you’re not committing to family medicine, but you are committing to expanding your medical experience. By participating in the preceptorship program you walk away with hands on experience – that looks great on a resume.

May I rotate with physician I know?
Yes, but only if they have:

  • Completed a three-year family medicine residency;
  • Are board certified in family medicine; and
  • Have no current board actions against them by the Texas Medical Board.

   These items must be verified by TAFP before they are approved to rotate with students.

When will I find out who I matched with?
Within one week of submitting your completed application you will receive initial correspondence from your TFMPP Program Manager, Juleah Williams. After making contact with you, she will gather a list of potential matches based on your preferences and contact them to inquire about your requested rotation schedule. Once she receives approval from the physician she will send you a match confirmation email. The match confirmation email will include the selected preceptor’s information. Keep this information handy, you never know when you might need to contact your preceptor.

Important: You MUST reply to the match confirmation email – check your spam folders! Let your coordinator know that you have received and understand the details of your rotation. If you fail to reply to the match confirmation email your match may be re-assigned to someone else.

Do rural rotations offer housing?
It depends. Some locations do provide student housing options, others may not. You may request housing information within your application.

Will I receive school credit for this?
It depends on your school. Check with your school-appointed coordinator for details.

What if I sign up and then have to cancel?
If you have already been matched you must contact the TAFP office and your assigned preceptor. If you do not speak to Juleah Williams, your TFMPP Program Manager, you must continue to contact her until you have confirmed that she has suspended the rotation.

If you have not been matched, you must contact the TAFP office to alert them to your cancellation so that application processing may be halted.

If you have any concerns about your ability to participate in this program please contact the TFMPP program manager as soon as possible. You have 30 days’ before the start of your rotation to cancel. We know that life happens and sometimes it may not be possible to provide 30 days’ notice. In those cases, contact your school-appointed coordinator or the TAFP office as soon as possible. You may be asked for documentation regarding your late cancellation.

Remember, this is a professional opportunity and must be treated as such. Keeping the lines of communication open between yourself, your preceptor, your program manager, and your coordinator is imperative. If you are a no call / no show to your rotation, you will not be eligible for this program next year.

If you have further questions, please call Juleah Williams at (512) 329-8666 Ext.135 or by email at jwilliams@tafp.org