The preceptor is an integral part of the teaching program, serving as a role model for the student. Through guidance and teaching, they help students improve skills in history-taking, physical examination, effective communication, physical diagnosis, accurate and succinct documentation, reporting, problem assessment, and plan development, including coordination of care. Additionally, by providing feedback, preceptors are a vital resource as students develop and progress.
Preceptor responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
Preceptor Development Resources
PAEA’s Committee on Clinical Education created a set of one-pagers for preceptors to help streamline and enhance this essential experience:
The one-pagers are available on the PAEA website here. They combine some of the committee’s own resources with the best precepting practices outlined in the literature.
Additional resources for preceptors can be found in the Preceptor Channel within the PAEA Digital Learning Hub. Ask your director of clinical education to download and share these resources if you do not have access.
Benefits of Becoming a Clinical Preceptor –