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The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants

Author(s): Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, Emeritus Professor, A.T. Still University, Senior Vice-President, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Foundation
Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C, Associate Professor, Program Director, University of Washington MEDEX Program, Chair, Board of Trustees, Group Health Cooperative
Linda Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Lecturer, University of Washington MEDEX Program
Donald Sefcik, DO, MBA, Director of Academic Innovation and Psychometrics, Senior Associate Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
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  • ISBN-13: 9780763773618
  • Paperback    218 pages      © 2012
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The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants is a helpful guide for clinical preceptors of physician assistant (PA) students during their educational program and for physicians who supervise PAs in their practice. This work encompasses the experience and passion of four dedicated PA educators with combined experience of over 100 years. This indispensable resource addresses current practice as well as future projections and provides guidance for new styles of supervision in evolving health care systems including distance supervision, supervision in teams, and patterns of supervision in home care and geriatrics.

Covering a wide variety of topics including supervision in the team environment as well as in individual practice, this handbook will provide the physician and physician assistant with the information and skills needed to be an excellent preceptor for students and a supervising clinician for graduate PAs. 

“The uniqueness of the physician-PA team paves the way for effective physician assistant practice. The Preceptors Handbook: A Guide to Supervising Physician Assistants presents a comprehensive model to help physicians reap the benefits that PAs bring to their practice, their patients, and the health care team. This clear and accessible resource provides step-by-step guidelines for building relationships with PAs, including tips on how to hire and work effectively with a PA, how to give constructive feedback, and how to apply coaching strategies. The authors, all leaders in PA education and practice, provide the essential information for building and sustaining a successful physician-PA team."

~ Janet J. Lathrop, MBA
President, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)

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Features
• Case Studies
• Job Descriptions
• Performance Agreements
• Evaluation Tools
• Professional Improvement Plans
 

Applicable Courses

Clinical Rotations

Ethics And Professionalism

Section  1  An Introduction to the Profession
  Chapter  1  Changing Health Care Delivery Systems
  Chapter  2  The PA Today
  Chapter  3  Growing Specialization
  Chapter  4  International Growth
  Chapter  5  Economics
  Chapter  6  Generational Factors
Section  2  Precepting Physician Assistant Students
  Chapter  7  An Introduction to PA Education
  Chapter  8  The Clinical Experience/Student Limitations
  Chapter  9  Precepting Requirements, Guidelines, & Responsibilities
  Chapter  10  Teaching Guidelines
  Chapter  11  Student responsibilities & Guidelines
  Chapter  12  Clinical Student Evaluations
  Chapter  13  Professional Behavior
Section  3  Supervising Physician Assistants
  Chapter  14  Hiring a Physician Assistant
  Chapter  15  Legal Aspects of Clinical Supervision
  Chapter  16  Common Sense Supervision
  Chapter  17  Hospital Privileges
  Chapter  18  Ethical Issues in Supervision
  Chapter  19  Medial Liability and Physician Assistants
Section  4  Specific Practice Settings
  Chapter  20  Ambulatory Care/Emergency Medicine
  Chapter  21  Hospital-Based Practice
  Chapter  22  Nursing Home Practice
  Chapter  23  Geographically Remote Practices

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C-Emeritus Professor, A.T. Still University, Senior Vice-President, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants Foundation

Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, is Professor and Dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), a School of A.T. Still University in Mesa. He is a former Chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at ASHS. He is a Past Chair of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). Dr. Danielsen has served on the NCCPA Board since 1997. He has served as the Chair of the Research & Test Development Committee, as the Secretary of the NCCPA Board of Directors, as a member of the Executive Committee, and most recently chair of their International Testing & Certification Task Force. Dr. Danielsen served on the Arizona Regulatory Board of Physician Assistants 1986-1990 and 2001-2009. Dr. Danielsen is also a member of the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants (ASAPA) and the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). In 2008 he was honored as a Distinguished Fellow. He is the PA Editor-In-Chief and Chair of the Editorial Board of Clinician Reviews Journal. Dr. Danielsen received his PA training at the University of Utah MEDEX program (1974) and his Masters in PA Studies from the University of Nebraska (1997), and a holds a Doctorate in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences with en emphasis on medical education from the Union Institute & University (2003).
 

Ruth Ballweg, MPA, PA-C-Associate Professor, Program Director, University of Washington MEDEX Program, Chair, Board of Trustees, Group Health Cooperative

Ruth Ballweg graduated from the MEDEX program with Class 11 (1978) and returned to practice in Ashland, Oregon as the community’s first PA. Her undergraduate degree is from Southern Oregon State College and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington (1997). Barry University, in Florida, awarded her an honorary doctorate in 1999 in recognition of her political and policy leadership in the PA profession. She joined the MEDEX faculty in 1981 and became the Program Director in 1985. Ms. Ballweg has served as President of the Association of Physician Assistant Programs, the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants, and the Society for the Preservation of PA History. Her activities include work with a number of physician organizations to promote the effective utilization of PAs. She is an active participant in the leadership functions of the UW School of Medicine and serves on the Executive Admissions Committee for the school. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Group Health Cooperative.

Linda Vorvick, MD-Medical Director and Lecturer, University of Washington MEDEX Program

Linda Vorvick, MD is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Medicine (1982), and the affiliated Providence Family Medicine Residency Program (1985). She is board certified in family medicine and her medical practice included family medicine and obstetrics. She has experience in medical group management as a clinic medical director and as a regional medical director for over 10 clinics that employed physicians, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and dentists. After leaving medical group management, she worked as a regional vice president in an HMO serving Medicare and commercial patients and later as a regional medical director in a pharmaceutical company. For the past 5 years Dr. Vorvick has been a lecturer at MED.

Donald Sefcik, DO, MBA-Director of Academic Innovation and Psychometrics, Senior Associate Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan

Donald Sefcik is the senior associate dean and a tenured professor at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.   Dr. Sefcik is also the Director of Academic Innovation and Psychometrics in the college.  A 1985 graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, Dr. Sefcik holds a B.S. in pharmacy and an M.S. in pharmacology from Butler University, and an M.B.A. from Purdue University. He is board-certified in both family practice and emergency medicine.  Since 1987 Don has been involved in various aspects of the education and training of nursing students, nurse practitioners, osteopathic medical students, pharmacy students, and physician assistants, including serving as medical director for a physician assistant program.  Dr. Sefcik is a Past Chair of the National Commission on the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), has served on multiple state and national committees and task forces, and has received numerous awards for his teaching.

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  • “The uniqueness of the physician-PA team paves the way for effective physician assistant practice.  The Preceptors Handbook: A Guide to Supervising Physician Assistants presents a comprehensive model to help physicians reap the benefits that PAs bring to their practice, their patients, and the health care team. This clear and accessible resource provides step-by-step guidelines for building relationships with PAs, including tips on how to hire and work effectively with a PA, how to give constructive feedback, and how to apply coaching strategies. The authors, all leaders in PA education and practice, provide the essential information for building and sustaining a successful physician-PA team."

    ~ Janet J. Lathrop, MBA
    President, National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA)