Community preceptors play an integral role in our students' educational experience, guiding and teaching students in perfecting skills in a real world environment. Share your expertise and professional passion in one or more of our educational programs on a schedule that fits your personal needs and the needs of your work environment.

Our students benefit greatly from one-on-one educational experiences as well as interprofessional team environments. 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 six 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 eight-week rotations from July until June.
    • MDs and DOs are needed in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, OB-GYN and Psychiatry.
  • M4 Electives
    • M4 medical students complete a mix of two- and four-week clinical rotations in electives of their choice from July until May.
    • MDs and DOs are needed in all specialties to increase the elective opportunities for students.

Community educator needs for Health Professions programs

  • Physician Assistant
    • Students complete six-week rotations for a full year starting in 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 Assisting
    • Students complete six-week surgical rotations for a full year starting in 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
    • Public Health students complete a 200-hour practicum project in their last semester, from January to 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 and Counseling
    • Students complete 15-week internships from August through December and January through 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.

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 757.446.7080 or cers@evms.edu‌.