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Professional volunteers (physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician associates) act as volunteer attending clinicians at HAVEN, and are integral to the function and success of the clinic. Faculty preceptors guide teams of senior and junior students in the evaluation and treatment of patients. Preceptors have the unique opportunity to mentor students across the disciplines of medicine, nursing, physicians associate, and public health.

In order to become a medical preceptor at the HAVEN Free Clinic, we ask that you complete a credentialing and privileging process. During this process, we require a recommendation from a current Yale faculty member. If necessary, we will work with you to find a Yale faculty member that can provide a recommendation on your behalf. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What are HAVEN’s hours and what are my hours as a medical preceptor?

HAVEN is open Saturdays from 9am-12pm. Medical preceptors should arrive by 8:30 for a pre-clinic meeting, and usually leave clinic between 1:30-2pm after the post-clinic meeting.

How many Saturdays a year should I volunteer?

We ask our preceptors to volunteer a minimum of 4 Saturdays a year, although many of our preceptors volunteer much more frequently than the minimum. We are, of course, extremely happy to see our preceptors as often as possible!

I am a trained specialist in an area other than primary care. Can I still volunteer?

We have preceptors who are trained in various areas of internal medicine; however, since we are a clinic that provides predominantly primary care to adults, we do not currently have pediatricians working in the clinic (although that is potentially in the works!). We also have several specialists in fields such as surgery and neurology that perform in- and out-patient referrals work for the clinic, so please inquire with Emily Thomas about your area of practice and how that fits within the HAVEN Free Clinic.

What is the medical preceptor application process like?

The application process is very straightforward: a brief application, submission of certain documents (CT License, etc.), an interview with our Medical Director and a shadowing session at the Clinic. The Faculty Recruitment Chair will walk you through every step of the way and make the process as simple and hassle-free as possible!

Who will my fellow Medical Preceptor colleagues be?

HAVEN is proud to be staffed by faculty from the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the PA School. These preceptors share a passion for improving healthcare access and for the hands-on experience of teaching young clinicians-in-training. If you choose to join the HAVEN Free Clinic, you will most certainly be in good company!

If you have any further questions regarding the credentialing and privileging process, or would like to volunteer as a medical preceptor at the Haven Free Clinic, please contact our Faculty Recruitment Director.

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