Preceptor Responsibilities


UAMS Clinical Preceptor Roles and Responsibilities

The mission of the UAMS Physician Assistant Program is to educate students who will practice patient-centered medicine while embracing cultural diversity, ethical integrity, professionalism and collaboration with other members of the health care team. The program fosters lifelong learning through emphasis on critical thinking, clinical application of knowledge and evidence-based medicine. Through innovative educational practices, the students will be prepared to enter into any discipline of medicine with the ability to serve any community and contribute to the profession through leadership, education, and service.

The main responsibility of the UAMS PA Program and Clinical Preceptors is to actively and effectively teach students practical skills and clinical application in order to produce exceptional medical providers who will contribute to patient care as a vital member of the health care team.

Clinical Preceptors are an essential component in the education of PA students because of the emphasis placed on application of medical knowledge and practical skills during the clinical phase of training. Clinical Preceptors are genuinely molding the next generation of medical providers. Preceptors, who are actively engaged in student instruction, have a passion for education, and model professionalism are impacting the professional lives of these future medical providers.

Specific roles and responsibilities of the Clinical Preceptor include, but are not limited to:

  1. Completing and signing the Clinical Preceptor Letter of Intent.
  2. Maintaining board certification and state licensure.
  3. Becoming familiar with the Clinical Preceptor Handbook that is provided by the UAMS Physician Assistant (PA) Program.
  4. Acquiring a working knowledge of the student's assigned clinical objectives for your medical discipline.
  5. Attending clinical preceptor online training events the PA program may sponsor to benefit the Preceptor/Physician Assistant Student relationship.
  6. Providing an orientation for newly assigned students to the clinical setting.
  7. Supervising the daily schedule to ensure the student has sufficient patient encounters to meet course objectives and goals while promoting patient and student safety.
  8. Engaging in direct instruction and observation of student learning experiences as well as providing frequent and timely verbal feedback.
  9. Communicating with students regarding concerns about performance or behavior in a timely manner. If the preceptor's concerns persist, he/she should contact the Director of Clinical Education as soon as possible.
  10. Participating in the Mid Rotation Evaluation on the first day of Week 3 by completing the brief evaluation form provided online by the program and supplying verbal feedback to student regarding performance.
  11. Completing the End Rotation Evaluation of the Student, provided online by the program, by the last day of the clinical rotation.
  12. Reading and understanding the Clinical Affiliation Agreement which protects the preceptor, facility, program and student by specifically addressing responsibilities of all parties. A signed clinical affiliation agreement by the clinical facility and /or the corresponding hospital and the university is required for precepting a PA student.


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