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About Clinical Preceptors

Clinical preceptors play an essential role in the education of the next generation of physician assistants and are in high demand. Clinical preceptors, who open up their practices to students and spend time educating them on the proper clinical evaluation and treatment of patients, may include licensed physicians and other licensed health care providers such as PAs and nurse practitioners.

Physicians may be interested in having students rotate at their sites if they are considering hiring a PA in the future. Students also have a better sense as to whether they want to work for a particular practice after spending considerable time there. Many PA students get their first job through a clinical rotation.

Students rotating at a clinical practice can add value by providing the current standard of care practice knowledge as well as patient education.  With the correct teaming of the preceptor and student, it can be a worthwhile educational experience for all involved.