Dr. Laura Witte
Purpose: Clinical preceptors play a vital role in the training of physician assistant (PA) students and the availability of clinical preceptors has been identified as a significant barrier for PA programs across the country. One barrier of clinical preceptor participation is the lack of preceptor development and training in formal structured teaching methods and techniques. This article aims to identify tools and training resources that may help increase preceptor participation in clinical-based education.
Methods: A PubMed literature search was conducted with the search terms physician assistant and preceptors. The result was narrowed to include articles after 2014, and 57 articles were identified. Of that number, 11 articles were found relevant and served as the basis for this literature review. Additional searches were conducted utilizing additional keywords, including preceptor training and development, medical education, teaching strategies, and structured and unstructured teaching methods. Ultimately 28 articles were used as resources in the writing of this article.
Results: Physician assistant programs could offer support to clinical preceptors by offering preceptor training, tools, and resources, such as the One-minute Preceptor and SNAPPS, to increase a preceptor’s willingness to participate in practice-based education.
Conclusion: A further evaluation of potential tools and training programs is needed to minimize the identified preceptor participation barrier and increase preceptor willingness and participation in clinical-based education.
Cushing RE. Tools and Training Resources to Increase Clinical Preceptor Participation. University of Lynchburg DMSc Doctoral Project Assignment Repository. 2021; 4(1).
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