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Preceptor Resources

Welcome to the CHA/PA Preceptor Page

We want to thank all of our preceptors for their hard work and dedication!  Read on for information on the advantages of precepting for CHA/PA, links to evaluations, and preceptor resources.  Feel free to contact us with any curricular or general feedback as we value your opinion! 

Typhon Logging and EASI EvaluationsPreceptor Evaluations of Students​
The CHA/PA program utilizes an improved evaluation method for clinical rotations. The O.R.I.M.E method allows preceptors to assess student performance in a developmental approach. The assessment allows students to identify areas of improvement and strengths, guide their future educational goals, and provide a measure of their progression over three clinical years. Please note that at the bottom of the completed O.R.I.M.E evaluation form, a percentage with be displayed. Please disregard that percentage; it does not reflect the student's clinical grade. In Typhon (the platform used to house the evaluation) the O.R.I.M.E evaluations are based upon a 5-point Likert scale and automatically assigned a percentage. As an example, if the student receives all "Rs" on their evaluation, which would be expected for a 1st year and some 2nd year students, then the percentage may indicate 40%. This does not accurately reflect what the Course Director is reviewing which is the student's progression across their three years of clinical rotations. Please disregard the displayed percentage.
Electronic Evaluations -
                                                  1st Year Student ORIME
                                                  2nd Year Student ORIME
                                                  3rd Year Student ORIME

Log into Typhon to evaluate all CHA/PA Students.

Hard Copy Evaluation Forms - Print the appropriate CHA/PA student evaluation form above. When complete, please fax to the CHA/PA office at 303-724-1350, attn: Clinical Team.

 Why Precept?
Precepting is an integral piece in CHA/PA's education of PA students.  Physicians (MD/DO), PAs, and Nurse Practitioners can precept.  Clinical mentoring offers you the opportunity for professional and personal development while mentoring PA students at various stages of their clinical education.  Modeling provided by preceptors, in all types of clinical settings, provides students with a tremendous learning experience.
You may elect to mentor our first year students who have basic clinical skills, our second year students who have advanced clinical skills, and/or our third year students who can become an integral member of your provider team. 

Practicing providers can earn Continuing Medical Education hours and a Clinical Faculty appointment at the University of Colorado which includes library privileges.  Additionally, preceptors may choose to get further involved in the CHA/PA program by participating in admission committees and guest lectures.


One of the best ways to identify a future PA colleague for your practice is to provide clinical preceptorships in your office!

Interested in Precepting?
Contact Joyce Nieman or Janice Baker to learn more about precepting opportunities., 303-724-7288 or, 303-724-1336.

 Meet our Clinical Team


Joyce Nieman

After graduating from the CU program in 2002, I worked in adult endocrinology, gastroenterology and internal medicine in Denver.  I joined the CHA/PA faculty in 2005 where I served as 1st & 2nd year Clinical Coordinator for five years.   Beginning in 2012, I was appointed as the Clinical Site Educator for the CHA/PA program.  I truly enjoy visiting with preceptors and clinical sites and sharing the teaching experience.


Janice Baker

I serve as the Clinical Services Professional, working with the Clinical Team to schedule,  confirm, and correspond with clinical sites on clinical rotation placement. I received my Master of Human Relations degree from The University of Oklahoma. I enjoy working with people and helping individuals communicate and work together to achieve desired results.

Jacqueline Sivahop

I graduated from the CHA/PA Program in 2003 and subsequently, practiced in adult rheumatology until I returned to the CHA/PA Program as a faculty member in 2009. I was the Academic Coordinator for the program until July 2010 when I assumed the role of 3rd Year Clinical Coordinator. In June 2013, I became the Lead Clinical Educator overseeing the three years of clinical education. I enjoy working with the best clinical educators. 

Jenny Smidt

As the Clinical Services Coordinator, I provide administrative support to the faculty, students, and preceptors.  I work closely with preceptors to ensure all necessary affiliation agreements are in place and with students to obtain all required certifications. I also manage the rotation evaluation process.  I have an extensive background in medical office management with over 20 years experience in a variety of different practices.  It is my goal to ensure our students receive the highest quality training experience while working in the community.



Rebecca Maldonado

Rebecca Maldonado has been a member of the CHA/PA faculty since 2007, and has served full time in PA education since 2000.  She earned her M.S. degree in Health Professions Education in 2003.  Her teaching interests include clinical reasoning and pediatric medicine.  She has served as a clinical preceptor for physician assistant students, medical students and residents since 1997, and has a passionate interest in hands-on learning for PA students.  Rebecca has been the Associate Director of Clinical Curriculum for the CHA/PA program since 2013, with a strong interest in the development of excellent clinical training sites for CHA/PA students.

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Preceptor Resources
The following videos, handouts, and websites provide extensive information on precepting education and training.

CHA/PA students have access to a clinical rotation database that provides guidance and instructions for specific rotations.  Please email if you would like to add information for your practice.

CHA/PA Resources
Outside Resources
The Effective Preceptor video, Effective Preceptor handout, by Stephen S. Davis, PhD, Director, Faculty Development, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine/Center for Osteopathic Research and Education 

CHA/PA Program Information

Meet CHA/PA Preceptors
Practicing Rural Medicine
Fran Schreiber did not set out to make a career in rural medicine.  She had planned a two year stay in Cheyenne Wells, CO after graduating from CHA/PA in 1994.  Two years turned into twenty, spent at Keefe Memorial Hospital covering the ER as well as implementing a new outreach clinic and a women’s clinic.  She fell in love with rural medicine and hasn’t looked back.Fran has seen lives saved as a result of a small town having its own hospital.  She is able to care for underserved people in their own hometown, without having to travel hours for medical attention.  Additionally, a rural setting has given her a great deal of autonomy as a PA where she has covered the ER by herself, treating everything from otitis media to stabilizing a critical case of Mosaic variegated aneuploidy syndrome.Fran is passionate about the PA profession as it enables her to make a difference in others’ lives every day.  Treating the underserved throughout her career, she has traveled on multiple medical mission trips.  She has also chosen to sow into the lives of future PAs by precepting CHA/PA students for over twenty years.  “I am able to share my love of medicine and watch the students grow and learn with each new procedure and patient visit,” she notes about her time with students. Fran is continuing her work as a PA in a rural setting, now in Pagosa Springs, CO in a primary care clinic.  Her passion to work with the underserved both locally and abroad has not dimmed, as she recently returned from a medical mission trip to Guatemala.  She had the opportunity to care for people there who had not had access to healthcare for more than three months.   Fran is optimistic about the future of the PA profession.  She sees that the demand will continue to grow and that the PA profession has become widely understood and regarded within the medical field.  “No one knows the new advances in medicine, but it will be phenomenal.”

Englund.jpgBrian Englund became interested in the PA profession while working in Radiology at The Children’s Hospital.  His passion was always working with children, and he decided at that time that he wanted to do more and be more.  Brian reenrolled in college, and ultimately was admitted to the Class of ’97 at CHA/PA.   

Brian has been a Pediatric PA at Greenwood Pediatrics for over 14 years, where he currently precepts 24-28 students each year.  He had some great preceptors as a student, which drove him toward precepting after graduation. He is passionate about being the best teacher he can, and to help the students see the need for preceptors in the PA profession.

Brian strongly believes that a great preceptor is defined by three important tools.  The first is to educate the students, which requires staying current on new medical topics and teaching methods.   Secondly, preceptors must observe.  Students need to be viewed in action so that they can be provided with insight into their performance of exams and patient interaction.  Lastly, feedback is essential to the students’ growth.  They need to know what makes them intriguing PA’s, so they can try to reproduce those moments of brilliance. ​