pre·​cep·​tor | \ pri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce preceptor (audio) , ˈprē-ˌsep- How to pronounce preceptor (audio) \

Definition of preceptor

1a : teacher, tutor
b : the headmaster or principal of a school
2 : the head of a preceptory of Knights Templars

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preceptorship \ pri-​ˈsep-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce preceptor (audio) , ˈprē-​ˌsep-​ \ noun

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Examples of preceptor in a Sentence

a preceptor at a small English boarding school
Recent Examples on the Web Andrew serves as an excellent preceptor for new graduate nurses entering the ER for their first job. Alice Adams, Chron, 10 May 2021 For his contributions, Bueno won the leadership award for being night shift preceptor, and the team Daisy award. Alice Adams, Chron, 10 May 2021 Students are trained in vaccination techniques, said Dr. Amy Werremeyer, chair of NDSU School of Pharmacy and a preceptor for the events. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2021 Catalano Weeks and co-author Sparsha Saha, a preceptor at Harvard, asked survey respondents to choose fictional candidates whose genders were specified, each with descriptions that suggested different levels of ambition. Emma Hinchliffe, Fortune, 6 Aug. 2020 Catlin’s preceptor had encouraged her to go for the CPM rather than the CNM. Jennifer Block, Longreads, 10 Mar. 2020 When Step 1 scores disappear, more emphasis will be placed on research experience, publication, and subjective evaluations from students’ preceptors. Anna Goshua, STAT, 14 Feb. 2020 Internal data from our hospital show that residents have a higher percentage of Medicaid patients in their panels than their preceptors do. STAT, 20 June 2019 More recently, Rosa worked as a training captain, leading new firefighters through the academy, and a paramedic preceptor. Alene Tchekmedyian,, 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of preceptor

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Preceptor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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pre·​cep·​tor | \ pri-ˈsep-tər How to pronounce preceptor (audio) , ˈprē-ˌ How to pronounce preceptor (audio) \

Medical Definition of preceptor

: a practicing physician who gives personal instruction, training, and supervision to a medical student or young physician


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