I originally had considered doing the Preceptorship the summer after my 1st year of medical school, but felt God leading me to do a medical missions trip to China which I went on. However, as I went through my 3rd year of medical school, I increasingly realized that while I had the desire to do spiritual care, I lacked some of the practical tools to effectively be able to do it. As a result, I was grateful that I had the opportunity to do the preceptorship during my 4th year of medical school. Thankfully it counted as an elective rotation that I could do so I got school credit for it as well!
In order to get this elective approved, I sent my deans an email asking for elective credit for the preceptorship. Here’s the email that I wrote them below:
Hi Dr. Shankel,
I’m just about done with the Masters in Public Health. Just one more week and I come back and join the Medicine side of things! Thanks for all of your guidance through it all!
I was talking to Marvalee earlier today with regards to doing the Whole Person Care Preceptorship this upcoming summer for elective credit. She mentioned that I would have to submit this to you and have it brought before the curriculum committee.
Although I am the first senior here at Loma Linda to do this Preceptorship and apply for elective credit, I would like to mention that other students from other schools often receive elective credit for doing this preceptorship.
I have attached a course description of the Preceptorship/elective that Dr. Stanford Shu and Dr. Harvey Elder have put together. It explains what the Preceptorship is about, its objectives, time allocation, and those supervising.
Thank you for your attention to this matter. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to assist with this process. Thanks again!
After some committee meetings, the school approved of the elective!
After going through the Preceptorship elective, I reflected back and realized that the Preceptorship was the most impactful rotation that I had in medical school. It really helped launch me into a greater and grander understanding of what God intended to do through whole person care and I had the privilege of doing that with so many other people excited about the same thing. I’m still learning and putting into practice many of the principles that were planted in me during the Preceptorship.
Andrew Wai, MD
Loma Linda University Medical Center