Preceptor Program

Physician Assistant Program student in a clinical rotation

At MUPAP, our clinical rotations are recognized by students and alumni alike as one of the most valuable experiences of their academic career. It provides a unique opportunity to integrate classroom learning and real-world experience. Professionals like you have mentored our students for over 20 years.  Many preceptors have found it to be one of the most rewarding opportunities of their career.

Serving as a preceptor for a PA student, not only permits you to participate in student growth, but also in the potential development of your future workforce. The PA profession embraces the team approach to the practice of medicine, so PA students can also work and learn from other clinicians in the practice. Taking a student for a rotation is an excellent way to try out a potential new employee.   Many of our MU PA students are from North Carolina and hope to secure jobs in the surrounding area.

MUPAP facilitates required institutional paperwork, develops the affiliation agreement, and schedules the students. You determine how many students you would like to precept over a given year. Physicians must be board certified in their area of practice and Physician Assistants must be NCCPA certified. Liability for the student lies with the program.

Program Curriculum

Our program is divided into a didactic year and clinical year over the course of 27 months.

The Clinical Year includes nine core rotations and two electives that range from 2-5 weeks:

  • Family Medicine
  • OB/Gyn
  • Psychiatry
  • Orthopedics
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Primary Care
  • Pediatrics
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Elective (2)

Electives may include:

  • Cardiology, Dermatology, Infectious Disease, Surgical subspecialty, Nephrology, or other specialty pending availability.

Forms

Interested in precepting a student for a five-week clinical rotation? Please submit our Preceptor Interest Form.

Preceptors, use our 2021-22 Clinical Year Planning Form to indicate your availability for clinical rotations.

Preceptor FAQ

How are students prepared for rotations?

  • In addition to a rigorous didactic curriculum and early introduction to clinical experiences, prior to full time clinicals, our students receive basic procedural training in ultrasound (FAST, DVT, RUQ, etc..) suturing, intubation, chest tubes, lumbar punctures, splinting and other procedures. Additionally, students are trained on reading ECGs, introduction to reading CTs and XRay.
  • Students receive education on HIPAA, OSHA

 What are the benefits of being a Preceptor?

  • Making a contribution to the next generation of healthcare providers
  • Access to the Methodist University’s Library, research and available databases
  • A small stipend pending the approval from preceptor’s clinical site administration
  • AAPA Category 2 CME and keeping your clinical knowledge up to date
  • Ability to pick your own blocks for when and how many students you’d like to precept
  • Opportunity for Adjunct Professor status
  • Methodist has the malpractice insurance for the PA students

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