Preceptoring & Mentoring

Example isn't another way to teach. It is the only way to teach.

- A. Einstein

This past week and next week, I have a dietetic intern in her Clinical 1 placement with me. This requires me to switch roles frequently throughout the day, examine questions, ideas and issues from different perspectives, and use different skills and knowledge as dietitian, allied health care team member, preceptor, mentor, learner myself, and most important, according to Einstein, exemplar.  So I thought this would be an excellent time to review the internship, preceptoring and mentoring resources I've accumulated in my files over the years, check out online resources, and then compare, pare down to the best, and share the results with you.

Here are several key resources I've looked at this week:

Dietitians of Canada (DC) has an extensive, up-to-date collection of mentoring and preceptoring resources on its members-only pages and PEN site.

Mentoring  (access requires DC membership)
Knowledge Pathway on Preceptoring & Mentoring (access requires PEN subscription)

The University of British Columbia (UBC) College of Health Disciplines has resources for preceptors and mentors.  I've looked at several of the web pages and they summarize much of the material covered in preceptorship workshops I've attended in past years.

Whatever your role in the learning process, I hope you find some useful information on these pages.


Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.

- Anonymous Chinese Proverb