During National Preceptor Month, students and program directors joined in to thank their extraordinary preceptors. Take a look at some of the amazing ways they have thanked their preceptor!
University of Southern Mississippi Dietetic Internship
Our interns honored their preceptors in a variety of ways, from preceptor certificates to sentimental gifts. Some of the preceptor gifts included blueberry cheesecake muffins with a tag that said "There's 'muffin' like a great preceptor!" Also, some preceptors were given thyme plants that said "Thank you for taking the thyme to be my preceptor!" while other preceptors were given plants with the saying "Thanks for helping me grow!"
In the attached picture, one of our interns presented her clinical preceptors with a cookie cake for all of their hard work and dedication over the past year. It was a great month full of lots of thank you's!
Ohio State University Coordinated Program
The Ohio State University Dietetic programs sponsors an annual Preceptor Breakfast each year to thank and honor professionals who have shared their time and expertise to educate our students and support the Dietetic programs. The function is organized solely by the students through the Student Dietetic Association and funded by the department.
This year the students created a video (which looped during the event) showcasing their experiences at the various supervised practice sites. Additionally, the graduating students theses were presented in a poster format for preceptors to view and question students regarding their research. The preceptors were happy to receive continuing education credits in addition to the great networking opportunity.
Each year the students provide the preceptors with a small gift. This year's gift was a picture holder with class pictures in addition to the Academy's Certificate of Appreciation.
VA Caribbean Healthcare System Dietetic Internship
San Juan, P.R.
The interns and program director at VA Caribbean Healthcare System Dietetic Internship like to thank their preceptors with this thank you card!
Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship
In April 2016, the Vanderbilt Dietetic Interns showered 80 preceptors with hand delivered goody bags. Each bag contained an assortment of treats and a card with the following message:
You were so SWEET to go the EXTRA mile to help us succeed. We appreciate your KINDness and encourageMINT along the way.
- Vanderbilt Dietetic Interns 2015-2016
Treats in the bags included candy, gum, snack bars and assorted mints.
Additional ways we show appreciation for our preceptors:
- A Preceptor/Intern Meet & Greet Event with food, beverages and an opportunity for interns to get to know preceptors in a social setting at the beginning of the internship each August
- Every intern writes each preceptor a handwritten thank you note following completion of every rotation
- Honoring preceptors at the graduation ceremony each June
No doubt each Internship Director shares my sentiment: the foundation of our success as a DI is because of our pool of stellar preceptors!
Geisinger Health Systems Dietetic Internship
Since the first dietetic internship graduation in 1993, preceptors are always recognized at the formal graduation ceremony for interns. During the ceremony, positive comments compiled from the interns' rotation feedback forms are read so that interns' families and invited guests learn the important role of the preceptors. With that event, preceptor gifts have included plants or gift cards from a variety of businesses. Interns started their own tradition of giving each preceptor a photo thank you card.
With the growth of the Geisinger Health System and supervised practice sites, preceptor recognition is now combined with RDN Day in March. RDNs are treated to a lunch and speakers. A preceptor skill-building presentation is always included, with this year’s topic on Coaching and Feedback. Going with an RDN Day theme of 'Farm to Table,' other presentations included 'Bees, Bee Keeping and Beyond' and 'GMOs The Controversy.' A survey of attendees is sent after the program; positive comments about the program continue to be received every year.
University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Dietetic Internship
The program director and interns at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospitals and Clinics DI shined the spotlight on their preceptors with a Facebook shout out and special gift. They provided the attached note card with a bright yellow highlighter.
University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus Dietetic Internship
San Juan, PR
The Dietetic Internship Program at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus sends a thank you card to each preceptor during National Preceptor Month!
California State University, Long Beach Individualized Supervised Pratice Pathway
Long Beach, Calif.
In honor of National Preceptor Month, CSULB ISPP likes to honor their valued preceptors. They created a special certificate of appreciation with each preceptor's name on it along with a special thank you card for our 70+ preceptors. Their interns have also been asked to send thank you's to their preceptors to shower them with appreciation throughout this month, too. CSULB ISPP invites its preceptors to the program’s White Coat and Pinning Ceremony for a celebratory luncheon, too!
University of Virginia Health System Dietetic Internship
"We are quite proud of the over 60 preceptors who provide such tremendous training to our interns each year."
The University of Virginia Health System dietetic internship program expressed its appreciation in several ways:
- Preceptor Chart Note – Interns used the ADIME format of the Nutrition Care Process to write a poster-sized note that is displayed on our Clinical Nutrition Manager's door. Many preceptors commented that this was the most creative preceptor appreciation effort they have ever seen.
- Thank You to Chefs and Managers – Interns made a big thank you note for this group of preceptors.
- Sweets for Preceptors – Interns developed notes for preceptors with mints that thanked them for their "invest-mint" and "commit-mint."
- "Special" Dark Chocolates for Preceptors – The assistant director made notes for preceptors, thanking them for sharing their special time.
- Gifts for Internship Leadership – Interns gifted both of the internship leadership with mint plants thanking us for helping them grow.
- Preceptor Recognition Reception – A reception for preceptors was held that featured delicious food and a slideshow of preceptor pictures and positive quotes from intern rotation evaluations.
Fontbonne University Dietetic Internship
At Fontbonne, we have a great appreciation for the preceptors for our ISPP program. We are lucky enough to have money in our program budget set aside specifically to purchase thank you gifts for them every year. We allocate this amount by the number of weeks that the preceptor hosted students the previous year and provide them with a letter stating that they may use this amount toward educational materials, professional memberships, conference attendance, or other materials that may benefit their site. Then comes the best part – we deliver the gifts to them and get the see how much they enjoy them! Throughout the year, we receive emails about how they are utilizing the gifts at their site.
VA Caribbean Healthcare System
San Juan, PR
The VA Caribbean Healthcare System Dietetic Interns, Class of 2015, would like to offer our most sincere appreciation to the hardworking preceptors who have worked alongside us throughout this year. We are very grateful for their patience, dedication, and efforts in teaching and guiding us, interns, in the Dietetics profession. We also thank them for sharing their expertise and abundant knowledge in the field with us. As a show of gratitude and appreciation, the dietetic interns have prepared a special event showcasing popular agricultural festivals in Puerto Rico as a way to celebrate our culture and the preceptors' excellence.
The Pennsylvania State University Dietetic Internship
University Park, Pa.
We have planned a preceptor appreciation event which is taking place on April 29, 2015. It was requested by preceptors to get assistance with providing constructive feedback to interns. The program director reached out to our University's Teaching Excellence Center and they have developed a workshop to help assist with providing feedback to interns. Lunch will be provided and during the workshop, the program director will be presenting the preceptors with the Certificate of Appreciation and a little thank you gift.
East Carolina University Dietetic Internship
One of East Carolina University's favorite preceptors is Pam Phillips, MS, RD, LDN. Not only was she a graduate of East Carolina University for her BS and MS degrees, but she also willingly became a preceptor years ago. She continues as an outstanding role model for both foodservice management and clinical dietetics. Her facility is small, but her employees recognize her as a trustworthy boss – one worth following for many years. Some of her cooks have worked at the facility for over 40 years and their loyalty continues because of Pam. She provides a steady coaching style for her team members to do their very best.
The facility's process improvements have already increased patient satisfaction rates, and has already gained recognition from the hospital administrator. Their commitment makes it the right place for an intern to learn and gain confidence, and the right preceptor at the head of the department makes all the difference.
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