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PRECEPTORS-TO BE OR NOT TO BE

JAMA. 1960;173(17):1928-1929. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020350046011.
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The very sight of the word "preceptor" may elicit cries of anguish or odes of approbation from the medical educators who read the J. A. M. A. For this reason, if for no other, the reactions to the report on a preceptor program which appears in this issue of The Journal, p. 1923, will be interesting and, we hope, will be communicated to us.

The opponents of preceptor programs criticize the nonacademic environment, the lack of supervision, and the tendency to use medical students as "slave labor." The proponents emphasize the value of acquaintance with the actual practice of medicine, of recruitment for general practice in rural areas, and improved relations between the medical profession and the medical schools.

The communication suggests that there are situations in which, because of policies and geographic locations, a medical school may find a preceptor program of essential value in expanding and diversifying the

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