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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! 

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. Joyce.Nieman@ucdenver.edu, 303-724-7288 or Janice.S.Baker@ucdenver.edu, 303-724-1336.
 

 
Typhon Logging and EASI EvaluationsPreceptor Evaluations of Students​

Electronic Evaluations

1st Year Student ORIME.pdf1st Year Student ORIME.pdf

2nd Year Student ORIME.pdf2nd Year Student ORIME.pdf

3rd Year Student ORIME.pdf3rd Year Student ORIME.pdf

 

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: Laura Casias.

                                                        ORIME Fact Sheet


The PA Profession
  • One of the fastest growing health professions in the country
  • 83,000 physician assistants in practice
  • 70-90 average patient visits for a PA weekly*
  • 156 PA programs nationwide
  • Master’s Degree is the terminal degree of the profession
  • Supervised by MDs and DOs, the PA works as an integral part of the health care team
  • Taught in the medical model PA's can:
          • Take histories
          • Perform physical exams
          • Order and interpret laboratory data
          • Establish a diagnosis
          • Develop treatment plans
          • Prescribe medication
          • Educate patients and families
                                                                                                  * American Medical Association

 Meet our Clinical Team


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. 

Jacqueline.Sivahop@ucdenver.edu


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.

Joyce.Nieman@ucdenver.edu

 


Laura Casias

I have been with the CHA/PA program for 8 years. I serve as the Clinical Administrator, helping complete the paper work necessary for clinical rotations.

Laura.Casias@ucdenver.edu

 


 

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.
Janice.Baker@ucdenver.edu

David Eckhardt

 After graduating from CHA/PA in 2005, I practiced in primary care and emergency pediatrics for five years. I work with international education, global health experiences, and our new clinical site in Guatemala.
 
 
 
  
 


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 Kay.Denler@ucdenver.edu if you would like to add information for your practice.

CHA/PA Resources
Outside Resources

CHA/PA Program Information
Journal of Physician Assistant Education - CHA/PA Article
CHA/PA Program Overview
Preceptor Brochure
Preceptor Fact Sheet


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.”

Precepting is an integral component of PA education at CU. Clinical rotations begin for CHA/PA students in the fall of their first year and culminate into a full third year of one month rotations. Preceptors are essential to the growth of students as they transition from being a student to becoming a practicing PA. The third year is especially important as students become more autonomous and confident in their skills and knowledge-base.

Wayne DuBois has been a CHA/PA preceptor for over fifteen years.  He is a Physician Assistant who worked in cardiology for twelve years, and currently works with Kaiser Permanente in Family Practice and Trauma.  He was initially drawn to the profession due to his desire to practice medicine as part of a team.  Wayne finds that the PA profession continues to challenge him to unravel the mysteries of life while taking care of patients and easing their worries.  

As an experienced preceptor, Wayne hopes that students “try to put themselves in the patient’s place to understand what is going on with them, so that patients can ‘know how much they care’ as well as ‘care how much they know’.”  When not backpacking, cycling, or fly fishing, he also finds time to support the PA profession through legislative efforts. 


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. ​