The Physician Assistant program at Wichita State relies greatly on providers who serve as clinical rotation preceptors and mentors for our students. Students work closely with preceptors, progressively developing the skills and clinical judgment necessary to become practicing PAs. Preceptors play a vital role in the education of our students and mentoring future colleagues.

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Become a clinical preceptor

We want to partner with you in shaping the next generation of PAs. No one knows better than YOU what skills, knowledge, and abilities PAs must develop to provide high quality patient care. By joining the WSU-Preceptor Partnership, you’ll belong to a strong network of professionals with the power to mentor and shape PAs into colleagues who are ready to face the health care challenges of the future.

Interested in becoming a Clinical Preceptor? Let's connect! Fill out the online Preceptor Interest Form or contact us at 316-978-3011 or paclinical@wichita.edu.

 

 

Seeking partners in these areas:

Surgery (general, cardiothoracic, urologic, neurosurgery)

Women’s health

Internal medicine

Pediatrics

Behavioral and mental health

 

 

Benefits of being a preceptor

Play a critical role in the training of future PAs and positively influence patient care for Kansas.

Gain Affiliate Clinical Faculty status at WSU with access to resources: UpToDate, medical journals, etc.

Earn CME (up to 20 hours of Category 1 CME for PAs and hour-for-hour Category 2 CME for physicians and PAs).

Grow professionally and personally through this rewarding opportunity to mentor and lead.

Provide your patients with additional education and one-on-one time with enthusiastic PA students.

 

 




Clinical Preceptor Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can precept PA students?

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) stipulates that clinical preceptors may include: physicians who are specialty board certified in their area of instruction, NCCPA certified PAs, or other licensed healthcare providers qualified in their area of instruction (e.g. nurse practitioners or midwives).

What types of preceptors are in highest demand for the WSU PA Program?

Every student must complete a rotation within Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Women’s Health, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Emergency Medicine and Surgery as well as two elective rotations within other areas.  However, we currently have a shortage of preceptors specifically within Women’s Health, Pediatrics, and Behavioral Health.  

What can I expect from a second year WSU PA student on clinical rotations?

You will find WSU PA students to be exceptionally well prepared and very comparable to a medical student.  The didactic curriculum includes 54 credit hours of advanced anatomy, pharmacology, and clinical medicine courses across all body systems as well as evidence-based practice and interprofessional education.  A 2nd year student should be able to perform comprehensive and focused H&Ps and develop a list of differential diagnoses and next steps.  They have had some practice with patient education, standardized patients, and common medical procedures and most have had direct patient care experience even before starting the PA Program. 

What are required experiences for the student?

Students must have the opportunity for hands-on clinical training that allows them to develop strong critical thinking and clinical skills required to practice competently.  The intensity of supervision will vary depending on the student’s stage in their education (e.g. early rotations vs. later rotations) and your level of comfort with their skills.  It is typical for a preceptor to start by having the student observe a few patient encounters, then transition to performing the H&P under direct supervision. Once you are comfortable with the student’s skills, allowing him/her to perform histories and exams without direct observation is appropriate.  A common scenario would be to have the student present the patient to the preceptor, discuss possible next steps, and complete the patient encounter with the preceptor reviewing and confirming the student’s findings with the patient.  Periodic direct observation throughout the rotation is recommended and a patient must never be discharged without the preceptor evaluating the patient. The required or expected experiences for the students also vary depending upon the type of rotation. Please see the WSU PA Preceptor Handbook for a list of expected types of patient encounters and clinical skills expected to be obtained by students. 

How much time is required of me as a preceptor?

Rotations vary from 5 to 6 weeks in length.  Students are expected to engage in hands-on patient care experiences at least 40 hours per week, depending on your schedule.  Students are expected to conform to your schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays as needed.

How do I assess student performance and provide feedback?

We ask you to provide students with regular feedback regarding their performance throughout the rotation as well as a verbal mid-rotation evaluation.  At the conclusion of the rotation, you are asked to submit an electronic evaluation (mostly Likert scale questions) assessing student progress with regards to the rotation learning outcomes and the student’s proficiency with certain clinical skills.

Am I responsible for the student during the entire rotation or can they spend time with others?

Students may spend time with other qualified practitioners within the practice.  All preceptors must complete a preceptor profile.  It is typical for some groups to identify a primary preceptor who will be responsible for coordinating the student’s experience.  The student can then spend time with several practitioners within the group over the course of the rotation.

Are the student and institution covered in the event of a malpractice issue?

Yes, WSU carries institutional insurance, and all PA students are covered by a $1 million/$3 million malpractice binder.  

Preceptor resources

Here are some resources to help make the precepting experience as efficient and rewarding as possible. If you have additional questions please contact us at 316-978-3011 or paclinical@wichita.edu.

 

Meet Our Clinical Team

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Program Director, Director of Clinical Education and Assistant Clinical Professor

Melanie Bayles

Clinical Coordinator

Julie Slade

Assistant Clinical Professor and Director of Clinical Development & Operations

Interested in becoming a Clinical Preceptor? Let's connect! Fill out this online form or contact us at 316-978-3011 or paclinical@wichita.edu.