Interprofessional Interactions and Competencies on Clinical Rotations: Preceptors' Perspectives of Student Experiences.
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<label>PURPOSE</label>This study describes (1) preceptors' perceptions of interprofessional encounters that PA students had at clinical sites and (2) ways that the preceptors report evaluating the PA students' interprofessional practice skills.<label>METHODS</label>This study disseminated a single electronic survey of clinical preceptors who were affiliated with an accredited PA program. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the results.<label>RESULTS</label>Of 195 preceptors, 66 completed the survey. Practice specialties of respondents and nonrespondents were similar. Preceptors indicated that PA students had frequent interactions with a wide variety of health professionals and students. These interactions occurred with greater frequency in specialty settings and academic medical centers than in other settings. Preceptors reported that they assess interprofessional practice competencies, although many were not familiar with the definitions that the health care profession has endorsed.<label>CONCLUSION</label>Findings suggest that educators may identify specific clinical sites or settings that are more optimal for interprofessional education interventions and that focused preceptor development may encourage deliberate assessment of students' interprofessional practice competencies.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1097/jpa.0000000000000095
Publication InfoHudak, Nicholas M; & Melcher, Betsy (2016). Interprofessional Interactions and Competencies on Clinical Rotations: Preceptors' Perspectives of Student Experiences. The journal of physician assistant education : the official journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association, 27(4). pp. 187-190. 10.1097/jpa.0000000000000095. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/18110.
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Associate Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Betsy Melcher is an assistant professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University. She serves the PA program as an academic coordinator and supports the development, administration, and assessment of the preclinical-year curriculum. She also teaches across a spectrum of topics, including prevention, orthopedics, anatomy, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. She has led multiple national and international presentations on interprofe
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