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Why Serve as a Clinical Preceptor?

Our clinical preceptors form an essential part of the Physician Assistant Studies program. In addition to helping our students learn practical skills in a hands-on setting, preceptors enjoy other benefits.

By becoming a clinical preceptor, you can...

  • Facilitate the recruitment of your next great coworker and colleague
  • Develop leadership, teaching and supervisory skills of yourself and your colleagues
  • Access free continuing education credits (see below)
  • Receive an official appointment as a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh
    • This is a great way to build your CV and access the benefits available to faculty
  • Benefit your patients by adding a student to the health care team, which: 
    • Extends your reach as a clinician
    • Provides an additional communication partner
    • Further individualizes patient care and planning by a focused student
  • Contribute to the field of Physician Assistant Studies
  • Keep your team up-to-date with current knowledge and best practices


Clinical Year Student Handbook

For your reference, the Clinical Year Student Handbook is available at this link.


Continuing Education Credits

In gratitude for your support of the mission of our program and the development next generation of PAs, our program provides continuing education credits, including:

CME Credits for Precepting Students

Feedback and Mentoring of Clinical Students

  • Earn up to 1.5 hours of Category 1 CME credit at no charge!
  • If you don’t already have one, create an account with the University’s WISER Institute.
  • Request registration using this link:
  • Click “Register for a Class” and follow the instructions
  • When registering, please mark your Role in Class as a "PARTICIPANT" (not as an instructor) and the Preferred Class Date as "12/31/2020 01:01 AM - 12:00PM" (this sets a deadline for course completion but you will be able to access the course soon after registration).

Advanced Practice Provider Grand Rounds: What Do Universities Look for in Preceptors? ​

Pittsburgh SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment)