Roles and Responsibilities of Clinical Training Preceptors

The preceptor serves a central role in the clinical education of PA students. He or she is responsible for monitoring student educational progress and for supervising student activities. Clinical preceptors for PA students can be licensed and certified PAs, MDs, DOs, NPs, and Nurse Midwives. Students look to the preceptor for answers to clinical questions and for direction in patient management problems. Upon partnering with our program through a formal affiliation process, the primary preceptor will need to:

  • Review and be familiar with the clinical rotation objectives.
  • Provide the student with a physical location, adequate clinical space, and provide/arrange a variety of patient encounters necessary for an appropriate learning experience. Supervise the PA student. Supervision is defined as being physically present in the clinical environment for consultation if needed.
  • Provide an orientation to the rotation and review the clerkship objectives to assure that the student will have a broad clinical experience recognizing that not all diseases or disorders can be observed in one practice setting during a limited time frame.
  • Demonstrate, teach, and observe/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.
  • Fully assimilate students into the full schedule of clinic or hospital activities.  If deemed appropriate, this should include different shifts including days, nights, overnights, and call. We require a minimum of 32 hours of direct patient care in the clinical setting. PA students should not work more than 80 hours per week, no more than 12 hours per shift, and have a minimum of 8 hours between shifts.  Call responsibilities should not be more often than once every third night and every other weekend.
  • 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/or the Program regarding strengths and areas of needed improvement.

The success of The George Washington University Physician Assistant (PA) Program is due to dedicated clinical preceptors who provide rewarding clinical experiences to students. The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences provide limited adjunct clinical faculty appointments to preceptors involved in the ongoing clinical education of PA students.

The PA program is looking for clinical preceptors. If you are interested in becoming a clinical preceptor, please review the above description and submit this form. Thank you for your interest!

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact paadm@gwu.edu.