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See the University of Pittsburgh PA Studies Hybrid Program's Preceptor Handbook for:
- Contact information for the clinical education faculty and staff team
- Details on clinical rotation experiences and the role of the preceptor
- Learning Outcomes for each clinical rotation
- Much more!
Support the Next Generation of PAs by Applying to be a Clinical Preceptor!
If you are interested in serving as a preceptor, please complete the form found HERE. You will be contacted by a member of our clinical education team. If you have any questions, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Serve as a Clinical Preceptor?
Our clinical preceptors form an essential part of the Physician Assistant Studies Hybrid program. Student clinical learning experience is guided by a preceptor who can help direct, answer clinical questions, and direct patient management problems. In addition to helping our students learn practical skills in a hands-on setting, preceptors enjoy other benefits.
By becoming a clinical preceptor, you will be able to:
- 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 PA Studies
- Keep your team up to date with current knowledge and best practices
The Preceptor Role
Any successful PA education depends on dedicated clinical preceptors who provide fulfilling clinical experiences to students. Upon partnering with our program through a formal affiliation process, the primary preceptor will need to:
- Be physically present to supervise the PA student.
- Familiarize themselves with the clinical rotation instructional objectives and learning outcomes.
- Provide the student with a variety of patient encounters and an appropriate learning experience to best meet the learning outcomes and instructional objectives of the program.
- Demonstrate, teach, and supervise the PA student in clinical activities to develop the student’s knowledge and skills and to ensure proper patient care.
- Ensure that the PA student does not practice beyond his/her competence or legal authority.
- Review and sign all student notes.
- Actively participate in the evaluation of all aspects of the student’s clinical skills and knowledge base.
- Offer timely constructive feedback to students and the program regarding strengths and areas of needed improvement
Other Benefits of Precepting
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
- The American Academy of PAs offers PAs a maximum of 20 hours of Category 1 CME credit for clinical precepting during any single calendar year.
- Here's how the program works.
- After you have precepted, submit the Preceptor CME Evaluation form to obtain your certificate.
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?
- This course is designed for practicing Physician Assistants, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, and students enrolled in NP/PA programs. Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the requirements to become a preceptor
- Describe the characteristics of a successful preceptor
- Define the role of a preceptor
- Click here to complete this module for up to 1 hour of Category 1 CME credit at no charge!
Pittsburgh SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention, Referral to Treatment)
- Hosted by the Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy, SBIRT is a comprehensive and integrated public health approach to the delivery of early intervention and treatment services through universal screening for persons with substance use disorders (SUD) and those at risk of developing these disorders.
- Click here to request SBIRT training for a maximum of 8 hours of Category 1 CME credit at no charge!