Community Educator Openings

Preceptors play an integral role in our student's educational experience. The preceptor guides and teaches the student in perfecting skills in a real world environment. By being a community educator, you are directly shaping the future of healthcare and creating tomorrow's leaders in your field. Educational schedules can be individually tailored to your personal needs and the needs of your work environment to allow you to share your expertise and professional passion in one or more of our educational programs. Our students benefit greatly from one-on-one educational experiences as well as interprofessional teams. While we have a significant need for clinical educators, we also have a need for community educators in the less or non-clinical areas of environmental health, epidemiology, health management and health promotion.

Community Educator Needs for the MD Program:

  • Longitudinal Generalist Mentorship (LGM)
    • This initiative pairs M1 and M2 medical students with a mentor for 6 half-days per semester.
    • Students in this program can be mentored by MDs and DOs in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics.
  • Clerkships
    • M3 medical students complete 8-week rotations during July-June. 
    • MDs and DOs are needed in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB-GYN, and Psychiatry.
  • M4 Electives
    • M4 medical students complete a mix of 2-week and 4-week clinical rotations in electives of their choice July-May.
    • MDs and DOs are needed in all specialties to increase the elective opportunities for the students.

Community Educator Needs for the Health Professions Programs:

  • Physician Assistant (PA)
    • Students complete 6-week rotations May-May.
    • Community educators who hold MD, DO, PA-C or NP credentials are needed in Pediatrics, OB-GYN/Women’s Health, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Internal Medicine and Specialty Medicine.

  • Surgical Assistant (SA)
    • Students complete 6-week surgical rotations May-May.
    • Surgeons and SAs with a minimum requirement of two years of experience are needed to mentor SA students. Rotations include general surgery and training in surgical specialties such as Orthopedics, Spine, Plastics, Cardiac, Vascular, Labor & Delivery and Neurological.

  • Master of Public Health Program (MPH)
    • Public Health students complete a 200 hour practicum project in their last semester, January-May.
    • Community educators with the credentials or roles including but not limited to MPH, MD, PA-C, NP, Epidemiologist, Researcher, Department of Public Health Administrator, Health Promotion Officer, Health Educator, Hospital Administrator, Environmental Scientist, Occupational Safety Manager, Health Policy Analyst and Health Insurance Analyst are needed.

  • Art Therapy Internships (AT)
    • Students complete 15-week internships August-December and January-May.
    • Internship placements and art therapists with ATR credentials are needed to educate students for child, adolescent, or adult clinical rotations. Internships include: assessment, individual, and group art therapy.  Specialties may include:  outpatient, in-home, residential, acute, school, and medical art therapy.

Are You Ready to Become a Community Educator?

If you would like to discuss how a student would fit into your schedule or you are ready to begin the process of becoming a community educator for students at Eastern Virginia Medical School, please contact Aileen Shafer at 757.446.7186 or