Roles & Responsibilities
The Role of a Preceptor
- Review course syllabus and objectives, plus learner objectives, to structure the experience.
- Orient the student to the clinical site and staff.
- Advise the student of expectations with respect to communication, attire, documentation, and patient visits, teaching and disposition.
- Provide access to patients and help the student select appropriate patients to develop the advanced practitioner role.
- Promote a positive learning environment – encourage inquiry, critical analysis, and reflection.
- Provide direct supervision, which could include supervision of any clinical procedures practiced in your setting (ex. suturing, casting, & GYN exams/biopsies). Students will make a list of procedural competencies obtained.
- Be present during all student clinical experiences – substitution is accepted during absences if cleared in advance.
- Validate clinical findings and data reported by the student and review documentation in medical records.
- Assist students in making differential diagnoses, offer a broad spectrum of treatment options from which they can choose, offer feedback to facilitate learning, and give homework assignments if desired.
- Observe the student for steady improvement in critical reasoning, diagnostic thinking, exam techniques, plan development, and documentation.
- Communicate with faculty regarding student progress, including if the student is not progressing clinically or there’s any breach of professionalism.
- Engage with the clinical evaluator to discuss student progress.
- Complete and submit evaluations.
The Role of Faculty/Staff/Program
- Verify preceptor/site eligibility including clinical agreement/contract.
- Monitor student passport and onboarding, verify this is current.
- Ensure clinical experience aligns with program/course objectives.
- Provide preceptor resources for the role.
- Make clinical site visits.
- Sign off on E*Value entries weekly.
- Facilitate communication between program, student, and preceptor.
- Evaluate student written assignments including SOAP notes.
The Role of the Student
- Verify that all onboarding requirements have been met.
- Communicate with clinical evaluator to receive permission to begin clinical rotation.
- Communicate with preceptor regarding learner objectives.
- Negotiate a schedule with preceptor and determine date(s) for the clinical site evaluation(s).
- Arrive to site early, review preceptor schedule and determine plan for the day.
- Be prepared with equipment and resources.
- Complete any review as requested by preceptor prior to arriving at the site.
- Be professional, respectful, thankful, and engaged.
- Perform data collection, interpretation of diagnostics, identify differential diagnoses and working diagnosis, develop and implement a care plan and document encounter (either in EMR or written form) for each exposure.
- Document all encounters and hours in E*Value within 48 hours of rotation.
- Complete and submit all evaluations including preceptor evaluation.