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The UNC PA Program is always looking to partner with medical educators, both in the preclinical and clinical phases of the curriculum. There are many benefits to becoming an instructional faculty member, including adjunct faculty appointment, consideration for teaching awards, Category 1 Continuing Medical Education for clinical preceptors, participation with the Clinical Preceptor Recognition Program and access to various professional development and teaching resources through the UNC School of Medicine.

Interested in becoming instructional faculty? Email


Adjunct Faculty Appointment

We offer adjunct faculty appointments within the Division of Physician Assistant Studies in the Department of Health Sciences of the School of Medicine. Adjunct appointments include access to the UNC Health Sciences Library online resources (journals, eBooks, Dynamed, etc.) and other campus resources. To learn more about this opportunity please email

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 preceptor, a professional designation of clinical preceptor AAPA after your name (e.g., CPAAPA), a certificate of recognition, and an AAPA clinical receptor lapel pin.

Pi Alpha: The National Honor Society for Physician Assistants

 Individuals (PA or non-PA) who have rendered distinguished scholarship, as well as leadership or professional service to the PA profession, and those who are not eligible for election through other means are eligible for consideration with honorary status.

Academy of Educators

Academy of Educators is designed to emphasize teaching and support faculty development both in Chapel Hill and across the state. Clinical instructional faculty interested in seeking membership should inquire with the clinical education team for additional information.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Certificate Program

The DEI program’s curriculum offers workshops and trainings designed to broaden awareness about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topics among the SOM faculty/staff and deepen engagement with and between individuals in the SOM at all levels – from patients to leadership. The workshops offered accepted as part of the certificate program address a broad array of DEI topics, including those related to race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, culture and religion, socioeconomic status, and more.

Continuing Medical Education

Effective in 2022, clinical instructor faculty may be awarded AAPA Category 1 CME credits at a rate of 2 AAPA Category 1 CME credits per PA student per 40-hour week, with no limit.