UNTHSC PA Program – Preceptor Appreciation, Resources and Recruitment


Read on for more information on the advantages of precepting and UNTHSC preceptor resources.


Precepting Physician Assistant Students


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


“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”

Considering becoming a preceptor for physician assistant (PA) students 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.

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• 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 skills
• 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
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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.

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), 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 contact Jeffrey.mott@unthsc.edu

Interested in precepting?


Email: claudia.garcia@unthsc.edu

Preceptor Agreement
Preceptor Profile
Class 2019 SCPE Preceptor Handbook

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018!

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Meet the UNTHSC PA Program Clinical Team



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

Claudia 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.



Mott__Jeffrey_webJeffrey Mott, DHSc, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Director of Clinical Education Jeffrey.mott@unthsc.edu





Outside Resources:


The Effective Preceptor



Preceptors in the Nexus Toolkit


This page was last modified on February 20, 2019