Clinical instructional faculty (preceptor) play a vital role during the clinical year for students in our program. The clinical setting synthesizes concepts and application of principles for quality health care delivery. Students work closely with preceptors, progressively developing the skills and clinical judgment necessary to become a practicing PA.
Benefits of Becoming a Clinical Preceptor
There are many benefits to becoming a clinical instructional faculty for the PA program. Other than paying it forward to the future of medicine, we also offer our preceptors the additional benefits listed below:
Adjunct Faculty Appointment
We are able to offer our clinical instructional faculty a zero-dollar appointment within the Department of Allied Health Sciences. The appointment we can offer is that of adjunct faculty. In order to be eligible for this appointment, preceptors need to have served as instructional faculty for an average of eight weeks (two rotation blocks) or more per year for the past two years. Adjunct appointments include access to the UNC Health Sciences Library online resources (journals, eBooks, UptoDate, etc.).
Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) recognizes the hard work of preceptors through its Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program, developed in cooperation with the PA Education Association (PAEA). We are pleased to endorse those instructional faculty who are current AAPA fellow or sustaining members and have served as an instructional faculty for an average of eight weeks or more per year for the past two years. You will receive recognition on the AAPA website as a clinical receptor, a professional designation of clinical preceptor AAPA after your name (e.g., CPAAPA), a certificate of recognition, and an AAPA clinical receptor lapel pin.
Category 1 AAPA CME
Clinical instructional faculty can earn two AAPA Category 1 CME credits for each week of clinical teaching per student. A four-week rotation can earn eight credits of Category 1 AAPA CME credit. A maximum of 20 Category 1 CME credits per calendar year may be awarded to each instructional faculty.