Many preceptors have already had experience in teaching students and feel quite comfortable in the teaching role. Each year, however, we are fortunate to have new preceptors willing to dedicate their time and expertise to a UPAP student. The goals of the UPAP clinical year are to provide quality clinical instruction and a nurturing learning environment to PA students so the student may effectively acquire the clinical skills necessary to function as a competent certified PA under the supervision of licensed physicians.
A member of UPAP's faculty will arrange to meet with the student and primary care preceptor once for full-day formal evaluation of the student in the primary care setting. Throughout the year, UPAP faculty may also spend a half or full day site visit at specialty practices. The faculty member will observe the student during patient encounters and interactions with their preceptors. Site visits for Friday Clinics are accomplished between January and July, while site visits during the clinical year can occur between August and July. If a preceptor has any concerns about the student or feels a site visit may be needed, please do not to hesitate to contact the program directly.
Clinical Year Rotation Objectives
Please click on the following to access the student objectives for specific rotations. Please note that many specialty objectives can be found in the "Primary Care Objectives" and "Emergency Medicine Objectives".
Adjunct Clinical Faculty Process and Benefits
Preceptors who work with our students are eligible for adjunct faculty status at the University of Utah. Learn more about these benefits and review the application:
- Benefits for adjunct clinical faculty
- Application for adjunct clinical faculty appointment Please note that a preceptor must have a terminal degree for their field to be eligible (masters degree for PAs, clinical doctorate for NPs, MDs, DOs or PhDs accepted)
Please contact Julie Thomson email@example.com for further information.
Helpful Precepting Tips
There are many online resources to aid preceptors in the teaching process. Please refer to the following pages for helpful suggestions and tips on effective precepting.
- The Physician Assistant Education Association is an excellent resource for preceptors to access articles discussing precepting tips, time-efficient precepting, feedback strategies, balancing the barriers and benefits of precepting, and the workforce shortage.
- The One Minute Preceptor
- Mastering the Preceptor Role
- E-Based Strategies For Feedback
- Time Efficient Precepting
- Tips on Effective Precepting
- STFM Presentation: “I Don’t Have Time For Precepting
- The Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center has developed training modules designed to train community preceptors in various areas of interest. These areas include evaluation, expectations, teaching styles, addressing difficult situations and teaching in a busy practice.
- Gordon, Jill. (2003). ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine: One to One Teaching and Feedback, The British Journal of Medicine. 26:543-545.
- Suzewits, Jeff. (2002) Precepting: Help Yourself While Helping Students. Family Practice Management.
- Klass, Perri M,D. (May 29th, 2008). The Moral of the Story, The New England Journal of Medicine, 358: 2313-2316.