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Preceptor Highlight—Dr. Jason Cooper, MD

Clinical Instructor in Family Medicine

Jason Cooper

What do you find most rewarding about being a clinical preceptor?

I like seeing the students light up when I teach the students something and then they are able to see it in a patient! They get so excited to see and experience something that they have only heard about in class or read about in a book. Additionally, I enjoy having students because they help to keep me sharp. Sometimes there are new medications I have not yet researched. When serving as a preceptor, I do my research so that the student and I may then discuss its application.

You have a student with you every day. Is there anything that you do that makes your day more efficient?  

A lot of my partners are worried that it takes so much extra time (to precept a student), but it does not. Having a student helps me to be more problem focused. I ask the student to meet with the patient first to filter through what is important to the patient’s visit and what is not. It is a benefit. For the patient that hasn’t been seen by a physician in 10 years and has 13 things that they want to discuss, it is important for the student to learn how to prioritize the two to three things that we are going to address. And, it is an art to communicate that to the patient without upsetting them.

Is there anything that you would like to add that you feel is important to your role as a clinical preceptor?

I like to focus on giving my students instruction in both Dermatology and Ear, Nose, and Throat. One in ten visits to a primary care provider are in the realm of Dermatology and Ear, Nose, and Throat. It helps prepare them to serve in primary care.

What would you say to other providers who are considering being a preceptor but reluctant to take the plunge?

Try it with just one student. It is a benefit to you and your practice. I have not found a drawback to it.
                                                                                       

Dr. Cooper lives in Zionsville with his wife Dr. Holly Cooper and their four children.