Information for Preceptors | School of Physician Assistant Studies
A clinical preceptor is a vital part of the School of Physician Assistant Studies’ teaching team. Preceptors supervise, mentor, observe, and provide feedback for PA students as they further develop their clinical reasoning and technical skills.
Some of those skills include:
- History taking
- Physical examination
- Assessing common medical problems
- Developing differential diagnoses and treatment plans
- Performing diverse technical skills
- Counseling patients
- Accurately recording and reporting progress notes and orders
- Communicating effectively
- Assisting in surgery
- Evaluating and managing emergencies
Who Can Be a Preceptor?
NCCPA certified physician assistants, physicians who are specialty board certified in their area of instruction, and other licensed health care providers who are qualified in their area of instruction can be preceptors. The School of Physician Assistant Studies is looking for practitioners who provide medical care:
- In preventive, emergent, acute, and chronic patient encounters.
- Across the life span, to include infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
- For women’s health (to include prenatal and gynecologic care).
- For conditions requiring surgical management, including pre-operative, intra-operative, and postoperative care.
- For behavioral and mental health conditions.
- Library Privileges to Online Resources, including UpToDate
- Category I CME for PA-C Preceptors
- Category II CME for MD and DO Preceptors
- Faculty Appointment as Adjunct Clinical Faculty
- Beyond the benefits listed above, there are intrinsic benefits, such as:
- Giving back to the medical community.
- Student enthusiasm is invigorating.
- Teaching and mentoring is emotionally rewarding.
- Student questions foster your own continued learning.
Six-week rotations are offered in the following areas:
- Family Medicine (6 to 12 weeks): A family practice medical office that includes the care of adults, women and children.
- Internal Medicine (6 weeks): An internal medicine practice medical office setting.
- Inpatient Medicine (6 weeks): An inpatient setting.
- Surgery (6 weeks): A surgical setting with pre, intra, and post-operative opportunities.
- Emergency Medicine (6 weeks) – An emergency department or trauma care unit.
- Primary Care Elective 1 & 2 (6 weeks, each) – Diverse settings, including, but not limited to, primary care, specialties, community medicine, public health, or international/global health.
Preceptors may share six-week rotations with other providers and sites.