UNTHSC PA Program – Preceptor Appreciation, Resources and Recruitment

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Precepting Physician Assistant Students

Preceptor – An expert or specialist who gives practical experience and training to a student, especially of medicine or nursing.


Are you considering becoming a preceptor for physician assistant (PA) students?

This is an exciting commitment to educate the next generation of Physician Assistants. The experiences obtained in your established clinical setting are critical for the student’s learning success and an integral part of the teaching program, by the synthesizing of concepts and application of principles for quality health care delivery. The PA student works closely with preceptors and will forever remember them as a role model, learning from advice and watching the example. Through supervision, students progressively develop skills and clinical judgment necessary to become a practicing PA. This includes taking patient’s history, performing physical examinations, effective communication, accurate and effective physical diagnosis, recording and reporting succinctly, assessing problems and developing plans with a logical approach to further studies and therapy.

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk,
and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.”


Preceptor Responsibilities

• Preference of 2 students per year to introduce to your practice
• Educate student on site policies, procedures, expectations and objectives
• Provide ongoing and timely feedback regarding clinical performance, knowledge base, and critical thinking skillsPreceptor and Student with a PA week giftStudents with PA Pham
• Supervise clinical activities and increase levels of responsibility as deemed appropriate
• Engage in dialogue with faculty during site visits
• Review charts and evaluate student’s ability to capture appropriate and complete progress notes, histories, physical exams, assessments and plans• Complete and submit the evaluation forms provided by the program in a timely fashion
• Promptly notify PA program of circumstances that might interfere with rotation goals
• Exhibit ethical approaches to patients as a
professional role model for the student
• Demonstrate cultural competency through interactions with patients• Discuss candidly the progress, expectations and changes needed with student weekly

Precepting is an integral part of the  UNTHSC/PA’s education of PA students.  Physicians (MD/DO), PAs, and Nurse Practitioners can precept PA students.  Clinical mentoring offers you the opportunity for professional and personal development while mentoring PA students during the clinical phase of their PA program education. Preceptors serve as role models for the students providing guidance and  teaching


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Benefits of precepting at UNT Health Science Center

All preceptors are eligible to become adjunct faculty, which permits them access to the online UNTHSC library.

Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library serves as the designated Regional Medical Library (RML) for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region (NNLM SCR).

The NNLM SCR applies to the the states of Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.


Gibson D.Lewis Library Research Services include:

Over 120 databases and more than 36,000 journals
Point of Care Tools  Up-To-Date (with CAT1 CME), Pubmed, LexiComp, Micromedex, VisualDX, Research Databases, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL Complete, Cochrane Library, Global Health, PsycINFO, PubMed Scopus, SportDISCUS , and Web of Science.
Journals American Family Physician, Annals of Internal Medicine, BMC Family Practice, BMC Medicine, CMAJ, Family Medicine, JAAPA, JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Pediatrics, JAOA, JPAE, JAGS, Lancet, New England Journal, PLOS Medicine, Pain Medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Physical Therapy, Spine, Stroke, and many more.

If you are currently a preceptor and would like to utilize the Lewis Library resources, please email Tiffany Gardner


                                        Lindsey Uribe with her preceptor who delivered her 24 years ago

PA Student Lindsey Graff working side by side with the doctor who delivered her 24 years ago.      (Left picture: present day – Right picture: Lindsey as a baby)




Preceptor with Preceptor Appreciation 2021 Award

At the end of the year the students nominate preceptors who they have rotated with for the  Preceptor Appreciation Award. The picture above is of one of our Ortho Preceptors and his award.



Interested in precepting?

Please email: tiffany.gardner@unthsc.edu 

Preceptor Agreement

Preceptor Profile

Class 2022 SCPE Preceptor Handbook

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2021!



A huge thank you to our preceptors! We couldn’t have done it without all of you!

Meet the UNTHSC PA Program Clinical Team


Garcia, Claudia

Claudia Garcia, Senior Administrative Coordinator  Claudia.Garcia@unthsc.edu

Ms. Garcia works with the Director of Clinical Education and the Clinical Site Coordinator to schedule practicum rotations for clinical year PA students. In addition, she assists with student credentialing and hospital affiliations. She provides course support to the clinical phase of the program.



Gardner, Tiffany

Tiffany Gardner, BBA, Clinical Site Coordinator tiffany.gardner@unthsc.edu

Ms. Gardner is the Clinical Site Coordinator for the program. She works to recruit and retain clinical sites and preceptors for our students.




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Veda Womack, MBA, PA-C, Director of Clinical Education veda.womack@unthsc.edu

PA Womack is the Director of Clinical Education as well as an Assistant Professor.  She develops, monitors and refines the clinical education component of the curriculum. Facilitates quality learning experiences for students during their clinical year. 




Outside Resources:


The Effective Preceptor


Preceptors in the Nexus Toolkit