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Thanking Preceptors

During National Preceptor Month, students and program directors joined in to thank their extraordinary preceptors. Take a look at some of the amazing ways they are thanking their preceptor this month!


Augusta Area Dietetic Internship

Augusta, GA

  • Cost to recognize 61 preceptors = $157.80
    Time involved for program director and one dietetic intern = ~ 10 hours
    Distance traveled = 59 miles
    Smiles on preceptors' faces and hugs received when recognized = Priceless!

    "With the help of one intern (who is doing her food service management rotation at our facility), we delivered 61 pints of fresh strawberries yesterday to preceptors in 19 different locations around our area. The pints were decorated with ribbon and tagged with a note that said 'You are BERRY special to the Augusta Area Dietetic Internship! Thank you for all of your hard work as a preceptor. April 2013: National Preceptor Appreciation Month'"

  • Another Dietetic Internship group delivered 6-oz packages of a nut mixture from a local business to the 64 preceptors in the area. Each pacakage was tagged "We're Nuts About You! Happy National Preceptor Month from AAD."

Augusta Preceptor Appreciation

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Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship

Allentown, PA

At the Cedar Crest College Dietetic Internship, the program director and interns sent the Academy's Preceptor Recognition Certificates with a picture postcard magnet of our fabulous class of interns for Preceptor Appreciation Month. They wish they could have gotten everyone together to commemorate another successful year of learning, experiencing, and staff relieving, but as an onsite and distance program, they had to find a way to send the interns' smiling faces to the preceptors. They were so grateful for the time, effort, and enthusiasm their preceptors provide to the program and can't say "thank you" enough!

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Dietetic Technician Program

Cincinnati, OH

Story from a Preceptor

"Another preceptor and I were at a site with our students for the last day of class this past week. We came back from lunch and walked into the room where our students had balloons, cake and many thanks to us for the work we had done all semester. We were treated to a cake that had the attached document on it and they gave us a copy of the information. We also received a picture of the Class of 2014. It was quite a surprise to see that our students knew that it was National Preceptor Month!"

Horn Document

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Georiga State Coordinated Program

Atlanta, GA

In honor of Preceptor Appreciation Month, the program director had the school photographer take a photo of the current cohorts. Then, the students signed within the 5' x 7' area and they sent "Thank You" postcards to all their preceptors.

Georgia State Thank You

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Iowa State University Dietetic Internship

Ames, IA

The Iowa State University Dietetics Internship provided free CPEU webinars for preceptors. The latest covered the EAL cutting-edge Oncology information and coming soon – Food safety and our food supply! Preceptors loved the opportunity for CPEU, commenting "Thanks so much for the great CPEU programs! I completed the Oncology program as soon as I got it and found it extremely helpful!"


Oakwood University Dietetic Internship

Huntsville, AL

Oakwood University interns sent many cards and gifts to their preceptors during National Preceptor Month. Dr. Joycelyn Peterson, program director, sent certificates to some of the primary preceptors for their time and commitment to the Oakwood University dietetic interns. Letters were sent to other preceptors to thank them for their support of the OU dietetic interns. Happy Preceptor month to all our Preceptors!


The Ohio State University Dietetic Internship

Columbus, OH

Students in the Ohio State University Medical Dietetics program held a preceptor breakfast for over 200 preceptors on April 29, 2014– complete with a pictorial thank you card, AND certificates, and buttons for preceptor lab coats stating: "A Proud Buckeye Preceptor." The breakfast featured a visit from Brutus Buckeye – the mascot of OSU Athletics!


The Sages Colleges Dietetic Internship

Troy, NY

The Dietetic Internship thanked their preceptors in many ways. One student set up a display with a huge selection of healthy snack bars and a thank you note for his mentors after they helped him prepare a theme meal. Another student baked peanut butter chocolate protein bars and left a thank you card for those preceptors kind enough to take the time to guide her during her internship.

Preceptor Recognition Group Photo

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Protein Bars

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The University of Maryland Dietetic Internship

College Park, Maryland

The Dietetic Internship put their technology skills to use in April for National Preceptors Month. They set up a Twitter campaign to thank preceptors and placed a National Preceptor Month page on their internship website with a video to thank preceptors for their hard work.


The University of Southern Mississippi Dietetic Internship

Hattiesburg, MS

This Dietetic Internship hosted a Preceptor Recognition Dinner for all their wonderful preceptors who were nominated by an intern as one of our outstanding preceptors.

Preceptor Recognition Dinner

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VA San Diego Dietetic Internship

San Diego, CA

The program director recognized our internal VA preceptors by:

  • Surprising preceptors by receiving approval from CDR for 1 CPE for a presentation, which was presented by the program director for all preceptors during their Clinical Meeting on Tues, April 8.
  • Prior to the presentation, the program director presented all of the preceptors (clinical and administrative) with a National Preceptor Month Certificate of Appreciation.
  • The interns and program director provided all of the preceptors with a buffet of fruit and snacks before and during the presentation.

VA San Diego

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The program director also recognized their external affiliate preceptors with National Preceptor Month Certificates of Appreciation and thank you letters on her behalf and on behalf of the interns and internship program.

Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship

Nashville, TN

The Vanderbilt Dietetic Internship Program provided about 80 preceptors with the Academy preceptor certificate as well as small goodie bags filled with berry-related treats. The tag on each goodie bag read:

"The weather is bright and the flowers are blooming,
Our favorite month is finally looming.
April is here, what else does it bring?
National Preceptor Month we sing!
Wait, we're lost! Help, we're confused!
You welcome and teach us, so onward we've cruised.
There are no better preceptors this side of the sun.
You have made this internship number one!
Thank you for giving us goals to pursue.

We couldn't have "picked" a better preceptor.
Thank you "berry" much for everything!"

From the 2013-2014 Vanderbilt Dietetic Interns

Each preceptor has also received a thank you note from each intern following every rotation throughout the year.

Vanderbuilt Preceptor Gift (thumb)

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