Information for Clinical Preceptors

What is a Preceptor?

A preceptor is a practicing physician, PA, or other licensed health care professional who gives instruction, training and supervision to a PA student. This may be done individually or as part of a team. The goal is to develop well-informed, resilient and compassionate PAs who provide patient-centered and service-oriented medical care in diverse environments.

Become a Preceptor

George Fox is interested in PA preceptors who provide:

  • Medical care across the life span to include infants, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly
  • Women’s health care (to include prenatal and gynecologic care)
  • Care for conditions requiring surgical management, including pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care
  • Care for behavioral and mental health conditions
Instructor showing some anatomical images to students in the Physician Assistant classroom

Why Precept?

  • Preceptors receive an honorarium (must precept at least two students per year)
  • Continuing Medical Education Category I and II hours
  • Intrinsic rewards of teaching
  • Impact the future of a PA who plans to work in your city, county or state

General Goals of the Clinical Year

The clinical year takes students from the theoretical classroom setting to an active, hands-on learning environment to prepare them for a lifetime of continued refinement of skills and expanded knowledge as a practicing PA. To this end, the goals of the clinical year include:

  • Apply didactic knowledge to supervised clinical practice
  • Develop and sharpen clinical problem-solving skills
  • Expand and develop medical knowledge
  • Refine the art of history taking and physical examination skills
  • Sharpen oral presentation and written documentation skills
  • Develop an understanding of the PA role in health care delivery
  • Prepare for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam
  • Develop interpersonal skills and professionalism necessary to function as part of a medical team

Preceptor Opportunities

Four-week rotations are offered in the following areas:

  • Family medicine
  • Internal medicine (inpatient exposure)
  • Emergency medicine
  • Surgery medicine
  • Pediatric medicine
  • Prenatal and gynecology medicine
  • Behavior and mental health
  • Electives


Elizabeth Upton

Elizabeth Upton, MS, PA-C

Director of Clinical Education

Assistant Professor of Medical Science