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Preceptors

Preceptors at The University of Tampa help guide and train graduate-level physician assistant students through 27 months of in-depth analysis of disease processes, diagnosis and treatment. Learn how to join this team of educators, discover opportunities for professional development, find support resources and get your frequently asked questions answered.

Applying to be a Preceptor

If you are interested in teaming with the UT PA program as a preceptor, complete and submit the preceptor interest form. You will be contacted by a member of the clinical education team. If you prefer to speak with someone directly or have questions, contact Allison Kaczmarek at (813) 257-5052 or akaczmarek@ut.edu.

Preceptor Interest Form

Program Overview

UT's graduate-level physician assistant program...

UT's graduate-level physician assistant program consists of 27 months of learning. The first 15 months are considered didactic learning, as they are primarily based in the classroom. In the final 12 months, students spend their time with preceptors in supervised clinical practice experiences (SCPE’s). There are seven required rotations lasting five weeks each (family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, women's medicine, pediatric medicine, surgical medicine and mental/behavioral medicine), and two elective experiences that last four weeks each.

Physician Assistant Students

There will be annual cohorts of 48 students...

There will be annual cohorts of 48 students. By the time students begin the clinical phase of their education, they will be well prepared to stand by your side and develop their clinical skills. For more information, please refer to the frequently asked questions section.

Preceptor Resources

Handbook, syllabi and other resources...
Preceptor Orientation Handbook (coming soon)

UT Student Clinical Year Handbook (coming soon)

Rotation Syllabi (coming soon)

Professional Development and Recognition

Professional development, clinical faculty appointments...

Category I CME (PA preceptors only)

The UT PA program will offer Category I CME credit to PA preceptors upon approval and receiving provisional accreditation. See below for a summary of the process:

  1. Upon approval, the PA program will be able to award 0.5 AAPA Category I CME credit for each two weeks of clinical teaching.
  2. If a preceptor has more than one student at a time, that preceptor may be awarded an additional 0.25 CME I credit for each additional student for each two weeks of teaching.
  3. A maximum of 10 Category I CME credits per calendar year can be awarded to each preceptor.
  4. Preceptors will be encouraged to keep track of their hours during the year, and these will be reconciled with the PA program’s records to ensure accuracy.
  5. The preceptor must complete a preceptor reporting and evaluation form and email the form to PAclinical@ut.edu before a preset date every year.
  6. Upon receipt of the completed evaluation form and confirmation, the PA program will send you a certificate awarding the Category I CME credits.

Category II CME

The time our preceptors spend educating our students can also be reported by the preceptor to NCCPA as Category II credits on an hour-by-hour basis and does not require documentation from the PA program (four-week rotation = 160 hours, five-week rotation = 200 hours).

Clinical Faculty Appointments

The UT PA program offers clinical faculty appointments for eligible clinical preceptors.

Other Program Opportunities

If you are interested in helping out the UT PA program in any other capacity such as teaching, guest lecture, labs, professional days, interviewing or serving as a PBL tutor, we would be pleased to talk with you. Contact Allison Kaczmarek at (813) 257-5052 or akaczmarek@ut.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process by which an interested physician...

What is the process by which an interested physician would become a part of the program?

  • Contact Allison Kaczmarek directly at (813) 257-5052 or akaczmarek@ut.edu, or
  • Complete an interest form on the website.

Is there a credentialing process?

  • Yes, most of it is included in the online preceptor interest form.
  • We need your name, specialty and license number (we verify the license).
  • We need to complete a practice record form that includes information on the types and numbers of patients you see and your schedule. (We can contact your office manager to get this information, or you can provide it in a quick phone call).

Would each rotation be with/for a single student, or would I be asked to preceptor two or more students?

  • This is up to you as the preceptor; however, we would not recommend more than two. We would also not recommend that a preceptor commit to every rotation.

Things that must also be considered include:

  • Dispersing PA students according to volume, and
  • Ensuring workflow is not disproportionately distributed and productivity inadvertently affected.

How much paperwork is involved in being a preceptor?

  • We will be using eValue to track/evaluate student tenure in the program. Preceptors will receive an email with their unique login to complete quick evaluations on the student. Preceptors will be asked to complete two electronic evaluations (one mid rotation and one upon completion of the rotation) per student. Anything else is up to the preceptors and what they see fit in developing the students clinical skills.

Does the preceptor have to award grades?

  • Preceptors are not asked to award a grade. Feedback is structured in the evaluations where the preceptor will assess the student’s knowledge, assessment and clinical reasoning skills, and professionalism. Preceptors are also encouraged to provide daily, informal, honest feedback which is important to help students refine their skills and grow into successful health professionals.

What is required for the students during the clinical experiences?

  • Each rotation the student participates in has a course syllabus containing learning objectives that guide the experience. These syllabi will be provided to both the preceptor and the student in advance of the rotation. On the first day of a rotation, preceptors should meet with the student to discuss mutual expectations.

Is there assistance for this kind of work?

  • In terms of both training and ongoing support, yes. Every preceptor will have the mobile phone number of the director of clinical education, who will be available 24/7 to answer questions and address issues. Every preceptor will be provided a preceptor handbook.

How do I know I am eligible to be a preceptor?

  • You are eligible to serve as a preceptor if you have practiced for at least a year in your current discipline.

What should I expect a second-year PA student to know and be able to do?

  • Second-year students should be able to perform comprehensive and focused histories and physical examinations. While their clinical reasoning skills will strengthen over time, they should be able to develop a list of differential diagnoses, and determine the next steps in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions. They should have basic skills in patient education and counseling related to common medical problems, and will have had practice with medical procedures such as phlebotomy, basic radiography, splinting and wound care.