Preceptor FAQs

  • What are the benefits of being a preceptor?
    • Precepting is a rewarding opportunity to help train the next generation of healthcare providers.
    • It’s well-known that teaching others helps to improve your own skills. Students bring a fresh set of eyes and often ask questions you may have never even thought about.
    • If your practice is looking to hire more NPs or PAs, precepting can be a great source of future employees. Our students will need jobs when they graduate and you can hire them! Think of this as an extended on-the-job interview. By the time a student finishes their rotation, you’ll know them well enough to decide whether to offer them a job.
    • Oh yeah, we also pay you $1,000.
  • How does the process work for preceptors?

    Please watch the following video, to view a detailed explanation of how our process works:

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  • What information is required from preceptors?

    We require the following profile information:

    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Specialties which you’re able to accept students for
    • Copy of license
    • Copy of board certifications (not required for MDs or DOs)
    • Photo
    • Information about the facility where you work
    • W9, so we can pay you

    After creating a preceptor account on our website, you can complete your profile by providing the information listed above.

  • What are my responsibilites as a preceptor?

    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:

    • Create a pleasant and respectful environment for students.
    • Orient students to the clinical site and explain the rules and policies.
    • Establish protocols for students to follow. This includes explaining your expectations for how patient encounters should be handled.
    • Review the objectives of each student’s course, to determine which clinical experiences will be most beneficial to them.
    • Direct students to resources that will help them get the most from their clinical experience.
    • Provide students with feedback after seeing each patient and/or at the end of each day.
    • Help students learn to work independently.
    • Provide a substitute preceptor in the event of an unforeseen schedule change.
    • Promptly communicate issues of concern or unsafe practices to both students and the clinical site management.
    • Submit requested student evaluations to students and/or schools.
    • Verify and document each student’s clinical hours.
  • Do I have to sign an exclusive contract?

    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.

  • How much do preceptors earn?

    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.

  • Where do your students come from?

    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.

  • How many students can I precept at once?

    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.

  • What’s the typical schedule like?

    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.

  • How many clinical hours do students need?

    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.

  • How long does each rotation last?

    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.

  • To what extent do students interact with patients?

    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:

    • Suturing
    • Incision / drainage of abscesses
    • Initial interpretation of x-rays

    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.

    Psych Students

    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.

  • How do students participate in telepsych sessions?

    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.

  • Do students have their own malpractice insurance?

    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.

  • Do I have to submit evaluations?

    Yes, students may request that you submit an evaluation of their performance to their school.

  • Can I terminate a student’s preceptorship?

    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.

  • What’s the difference between a Preceptor account and a Practice account?

    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.

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