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Acad Med. 1999 Jan;74(1 Suppl):S70-4.

Impact of a preceptor education board and computer network to engage community faculty at Dartmouth Medical School.

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  • 1Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH 03755, USA. donald.o.kollisch@dartmouth.edu


In 1994, as part of the Generalist Physician Initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dartmouth Medical School established two programs to support and engage community-based teaching. The Preceptor Education Board and Community Computer Network were established to support a network of community-based preceptors and to facilitate communication between course directors at the school and community-based teachers. The board's mission is to organize, develop, and support a network of community-based primary care faculty, and to create and review community-based curricula. Through the board, community faculty members have made substantial contributions to curriculum, evaluation, faculty development, governance, and financing in community-based teaching. The Community Computer Network provides hardware, software, network systems, and support. Course directors and students have reported improved community-based educational experiences as a direct result of the Network. These two initiatives are dynamic and effective ways to improve the quality of community-based education and preceptors' morale. These efforts have strengthened the community faculty and their connection to the academic medical center.

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