Authors’ Reply to Goertzen and Zelek regarding “The CoPPRR Study: Community Preceptor Perspectives About Recruitment and Retention”

Suzanne Minor, MD | Miranda Huffman, MD, MEd | Peter R. Lewis, MD | Amanda Kost, MD, MEd | Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH

Fam Med. 2019;51(10):869-869.

DOI: 10.22454/FamMed.2019.590705

To the Editor:

We thank Drs Goertzen and Zelek for providing additional perspective on our work and the value of The CoPPRR Study.1 While we are disheartened to hear that problems with preceptor recruitment, retention, and engagement occur even with a more robust and better compensated family medicine workforce, we appreciate the acknowledgment of the universality of these struggles. As the America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030 Initiative2 begins, it is worth recognizing that not all problems will be solved by payment reform, universal access, and expansion of the family medicine workforce. We also appreciate the discussion of yet another theory on human behavior that can help inform medical educators as we work on this dilemma. Continued attention to strengthening our preceptor networks and optimizing the educational experience for students, preceptors, and communities is warranted. We look forward to opportunities to evaluate interventions designed to achieve these goals and we welcome cross-border collaboration.


  1. Minor S, Huffman M, Lewis PR, Kost A, Prunuske J. Community preceptor perspectives on recruitment and retention: the CoPPRR Study. Fam Med. 2019;51(5):389-398. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2019.937544
  2. American Academy of Family Physicians. America Needs More Family Doctors: 25x2030. https://www.aafp.org/about/initiatives/family-doctor-expansion.html. Accessed July 31, 2019.

Lead Author

Suzanne Minor, MD

Affiliations: Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Office of Medical Education, Miami, FL


Miranda Huffman, MD, MEd - Community and Family Medicine Department, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

Peter R. Lewis, MD - Department of Family and Community Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, PA

Amanda Kost, MD, MEd - Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Jacob Prunuske, MD, MSPH - Medical College of Wisconsin-Central Wisconsin, Wausau, WI

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