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

Definition of preceptor

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 preceptorship (audio) , ˈprē-​ˌsep-​ \ noun

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a preceptor at a small English boarding school
Recent Examples on the Web Internal data from our hospital show that residents have a higher percentage of Medicaid patients in their panels than their preceptors do. STAT, "We were inspired to become primary care physicians. Now we’re reconsidering a field in crisis," 20 June 2019 More recently, Rosa worked as a training captain, leading new firefighters through the academy, and a paramedic preceptor. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Mourners hold candlelight vigil for Long Beach firefighter shot and killed during fire alarm call," 25 June 2018 Post-baccalaureate recipients must commit to teaching as a clinical instructor, working in a full-time faculty position or serving as a clinical preceptor — a practitioner who also mentors and instructs — within three years of graduation. Meredith Cohn,, "University of Maryland School of Nursing receives $10 million gift for scholarships," 10 May 2018 The relationship with the preceptor doesn’t end when the new employee graduates to care for his or her own patients independently. Ed Frauenheim, Fortune, "The Secrets of One of Texas's Best Companies to Work For," 20 Mar. 2018 My preceptor in medical school was an elegant New Englander with polished loafers and a starched accent. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "A.I. VERSUS M.D.," 23 Mar. 2017

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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 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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