RPAP Site Preceptors

Since RPAP began, more than 1400 physicians have served as preceptors and have helped students integrate the knowledge of the basic sciences with the practical problem-solving of clinical medicine. They teach and model effective communication, patient-centered care, practice management, and community-based health promotion and education in a variety of specialties.

Primary preceptors for the RPAP program are practicing family physicians, many of whom are former RPAP students. Occasionally the RPAP primary preceptor may be trained in another primary care specialty. Primary preceptors in RPAP can be considered for unpaid adjunct faculty appointments through the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. RPAP primary preceptors are oriented individually on site and receive a guidebook outlining the expectations and processes of the program. 

Students also have the opportunity to work with other community physicians in family medicine and other specialties. Additional RPAP preceptors at a site may teach or evaluate students in experiences in pediatrics, OB/GYN, surgery, emergency medicine, psychiatry, and more. These additional preceptors can receive unpaid Community Instructor appointments to recognize their teaching contributions.

If you have questions about teaching RPAP students and your site is a current/recent RPAP site, please e-mail rpapumn@umn.edu. If you would like to be considered as a new RPAP site, please complete the New Site Application.


  • Interest in and time for teaching
  • Commitment to lifelong learning
  • Willing to be responsible for coordination of RPAP experience on site and for evaluation of student performance


  • CME and professional development opportunities
  • Teaching/learning experience
  • Potential recruitment of future colleagues
  • Opportunity to help train the next generation of Minnesota physicians