By Jenne Tunnell This article is a part of the January/February 2018, Volume 30, Number 1, Audiology Today issue. February is the time of year when thoughts turn to love. Recently whilst perusing the candy and card aisles, the thought occurred to me that love comes in many forms. I love my job. I love helping patients. And I love helping students who will help patients in the future! However, it is widely agreed in our profession that there is a lack of formalized preceptor training; leaving preceptors ill-prepared for this important role. This gap in training is the root cause of inconsistencies in the quality of education provided to students. Consider the number of roles receptors need to know how to fill as described by Dr. Coverstone et al, (2016). “In their role as coaches, preceptors motivate students. They ask powerful questions that are short, simple, and open-ended. Preceptors affirm and acknowledge positive behaviors, and help students identify gaps between what they know and what they need to know. Preceptors are also teachers. They share knowledge and expertise, and manage learning opportunities. They engage students in dialogue, offer explanations, and answer questions. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!