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After creating a preceptor account on our website, you can complete your profile by providing the information listed above.
As a preceptor, you play an important role in helping to train the next generation of healthcare providers. Many prospective preceptors ask what their day-to-day responsibilities include. Some schools have certain specific requirements for preceptors, but in general, the following principles apply:
We do not require any exclusivity, so if a student, not affiliated with Clinical Match Me, contacts you directly, you’re free to offer the student a preceptorship, without having to go through us.
However, if we refer a student to you, you may not work with that student directly. If we discover that a preceptor is trying to go around us, we will terminate that preceptor from our network.
As a preceptor in our network, you’ll receive a $1,000 honorarium per NP student, per semester. For PA students, you’ll receive $250/wk, with a typical rotation lasting 4 – 6 weeks. We pay the honorarium when the preceptorship starts.
We are a preceptor matching service, not a school. Our students come from hundreds of different graduate nursing programs and PA programs in all 50 states. Students hire us to help them find preceptors.
We recommend precepting no more than three students simultaneously. However, you can take more students by scheduling them on different days. Some schools may also impose their own limits.
NP students need to complete the specified number of clinical hours during the semester. It’s up to you and the student to work out a schedule for completing those hours. Most preceptors like to have students come in for about two days per week. This gives the student 16 hours per week, so they’d complete a typical 100-hour rotation in six weeks. However, this is just an example. Depending on the number of hours needed and your commitments with other students, you may want to have the student come in more frequently or less frequently.
PA students work full-time, coming in every day for 4 – 6 weeks. Their schedule is based on weeks, not clinical hours.
That depends on the university and the course. Typically, NP students need between 80 and 180 clinical hours per semester. For PA students, their schedule is based on weeks not hours. They normally come in every day for 4 – 6 weeks.
Each rotation corresponds to a semester However, that doesn’t mean the student will be with you for the entire semester. NP students have to complete a certain number of clinical hours during the semester. It’s up to you to work out a schedule with a student that enables him or her to fulfill their clinical requirements. Depending on how often the student comes in, this may get done in a few weeks, or it may take a few months.
Rotations for PA students last 4 – 6 weeks.
During the initial phase of the rotation, the student will mostly observe patient interactions. Later, as you become comfortable with the student, you may allow them to perform minor procedures under your supervision. Examples of procedures might be:
You determine the degree to which students interact with your patients. Ideally, this will increase over time, as you become more confident in the student’s abilities.
When seeing an individual psych patient, the student’s primary role is to observe the encounter. Students need to learn the interviewing skills required to make a diagnosis, or to assess the effectiveness of the patient’s medications. Psychotherapy students need to learn talk therapy techniques. You should discuss these techniques and protocols with the student, outside patient care. In group therapy sessions, you may invite students to play a more active role.
Most schools allow students to do telepsych for their psych rotations. However, some schools require students to be physically present with the preceptor during the sessions, while other schools allow students to participate in telepsych sessions remotely.
Likewise, some preceptors may require students to be physically present in the same room with them, while other preceptors may allow students to participate in sessions remotely.
Since there are multiple combinations possible, we separate our psych specialties into “in person” and “remote student”. If you select an “in person” psych specialty, it means you require students to be physically present with you during sessions. If you select a “remote student” psych specialty, it means you allow students to participate remotely. As a psych preceptor, you may select either of these, or both.
Yes, students have their own insurance.
In some cases, the school provides the malpractice policy and you will receive a copy. If not, the student is required to purchase a policy and provide you with a copy.
Yes, students may request that you submit an evaluation of their performance to their school.
Yes, if you determine a student to be unsafe, or if a student violates any of your policies or procedures, you may terminate the student at your discretion.
If you’re an individual preceptor, you should sign up for a preceptor account.
However, if you own or manage a medical practice, you can sign up as a practice. You can then add multiple preceptor accounts under the practice account. As the owner/manager, you can add and manage your preceptors, send offers on behalf of your preceptors, send messages to students, etc…
Even for a solo practitioner, there’s no harm in having a practice account. If you will be the only preceptor and you already signed up for a practice account, just add yourself as a preceptor under your own practice. In that case, you’ll have a separate login for each account, but the functionality in both accounts will be mostly the same.