Good Morning Doctor! - Chapter 8
When my class entered the University (there were 21 of us) the medical course took three years. Each student spent six months of the year on the campus and six months with some established physician who, in this advisory capacity to an undergraduate, was known as a preceptor.
In many ways, of course, the training we received was greatly inferior to that given in medical colleges today; our tools were cruder, our equipment was limited, and scientific knowledge had not developed as it has today. But taking all these things into consideration, I am inclined to believe that in some ways our training prepared us for our professional careers even better than many modern institutions do. Medical colleges in that early day had much to commend them and perhaps foremost was this system of preceptors.
It is gratifying to find that today there is an ever increasing tendency toward a return to this system. In the past decade it has been my privilege to be a preceptor to a number of students during their vacation periods; and I feel now, as I did a half century ago, that a young man profits greatly by being placed, during his student days, in a situation similar to the one in which he will find himself after graduation.