Announcements

Welcome to the Clinical Year, Class of 2020!

The Duke PA Class of 2020 began their clinical rotations on July 22, 2019.  We hope you are finding that they are adjusting well to this new phase of their education.  Please keep us updated on anything you need from the Program, and thank you so much for your continued support of our students.

Duke PA Class of 2020

 

Best wishes to the Class of 2019!

The Class of 2019 made their debut as PAs and our colleagues on August 2, 2019 after a Certificate Ceremony at Duke Chapel.  We wish them the best as they take their national certifying exam and begin their careers as PAs!

Certificate ceremony for the Duke Physician Assistant program at the Duke Chapel on Friday, August 2, 2019.

 

Category I CME – Increase for PA Preceptors 

Beginning this clinical year (2019-2020), PAs who precept Duke PA students are eligible to receive two (2) CME I credits for every week of teaching!  This means that a standard four-week rotation for a single preceptor could be worth eight (8) CME I credits.  This is a substantial increase from previous years, and we do hope that our PA preceptors take advantage of this opportunity!

Here are the details:

  • A Request and Attestation is required to be completed each clinical year prior to earning CME credit.  Having this form on file for you is the first step of the process, and it is now an electronic process.  If you haven’t already, go here and complete your attestation.
  • PA preceptors will receive 2 AAPA Category 1 CME credit for each week of clinical teaching.  You have the potential to earn eight credits for a standard four-week rotation, and 16 credits for an eight-week rotation.
  • For purposes of credit calculation, a week is defined as 40 hours of precepting.  In instances of co-precepting, it will be necessary to keep up with the numbers of hours you taught a student.
  • After precepting, the Duke PA program must also receive a completed evaluation from the PA preceptor prior to awarding Category 1 CME credit.  We award credit at the end of each clinical year.
  • The evaluation is available online and will include a self‐report of the number of weeks the preceptor taught and reflection questions.  The evaluation must be completed and submitted to the PA Program by the preceptor requesting credit
  • A maximum of 20 Category 1 CME credits per calendar year may be awarded to each preceptor.
  • Not available for non-PA preceptors, but others may be able to earn Category 2 CME.

Announcements

The Class of 2019 is excited celebrate their graduation on Sunday May 12th and look forward to official program completion in early August. To ensure students’ full participation in commencement activities, PA students are on holiday from Friday, May 10th, beginning at 5:00pm through Sunday, May 12th. Beginning this year, students may also take one Graduation Discretionary Day on either Friday, May 10th OR Monday, May 13th. Students have been instructed to notify their preceptor if they plan to take a Graduation Discretionary Day; they are not required to submit a time away form per usual procedures. Time away for this Discretionary Day and the graduation holiday do not need to be made up. If students take a Graduation Discretionary Day, they are not permitted to take an additional discretionary day during the rotation period from April 29th-May 24th. Please contact Melinda.Blazar@duke.edu if you have any questions.

Announcements

Preceptor Development Mini-Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for Duke Health’s Primary Care Preceptor Development Mini-Fellowship Program, administered by the Duke Physician Assistant Program.  The program offers clinician educators (licensed PAs, NPs, MDs, and DOs who serve as primary care providers), a unique opportunity to learn from expert faculty at one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.  The goal of the program is to equip preceptors to become effective clinician educators who can develop and implement curricula and facilitate group Quality Improvement (QI) projects that will address the needs of vulnerable populations in North Carolina.  For more information, see this link: https://cfm.duke.edu/duke-physician-assistant-program/about-pa-program/primary-care-training-and-enhancement.

Category I CME for PA Preceptors

This is a reminder that that practicing Physician Assistants who precept Duke PA students for clinical rotations can now earn up to 10 Category I CME credits annually!  CME Credit for Physician Assistant preceptors is approved by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and awarded by the Duke University PA Program.

**The Duke PA Program awarded a total of 54 Category I CME credits to PA preceptors for the last clinical year (2017-2018).** 

Here are the details:

  • A Request and Attestation Form is required to be completed each clinical year prior to earning CME credit.  Having this form on file for you is the first step of the process!
  • PA preceptors will receive 0.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credit for each two (2) weeks of clinical teaching.  You have the potential to earn one credit for a standard four-week rotation, and two credits for an eight-week rotation.
  • For purposes of credit calculation, a week is defined as 40 hours of precepting.  In instances of co-precepting, it will be necessary to keep up with the numbers of hours you taught a student.
  • After precepting, the Duke PA program must also receive a completed evaluation from the PA preceptor prior to awarding Category 1 CME credit.  We award credit twice per clinical year – after the Fall semester and after the Spring/Summer semesters (our clinical year runs July through July).
  • The evaluation is available online and will include a self‐report of the number of weeks the preceptor taught and reflection questions.  The evaluation must be completed and submitted to the PA Program by the preceptor requesting credit
  • Credit calculation formula: Total credits awarded = (Number of Weeks)*(0.25+ 0.125*(Number of additional students)
  • A maximum of 10 Category 1 CME credits per calendar year may be awarded to each preceptor.
  • Not available for non-PA preceptors, but others may be able to earn Category 2 CME.

Please contact Jennifer Pennington at jennifer.pennington@duke.edu with any questions or to get the process started for you!

Announcements

Duke PA Class of 2019

The Duke PA Class of 2019 began their first clinical rotations on July 23, 2018.  This class of 88 students will complete the program in August 2019 – we thank all our preceptors for contributing to their education!

Duke Physician Assistant Program Orientation annual group photo, 800 S. Duke Street, Durham.

 

 

Announcements

New Faculty Roles

We would like to announce that effective June 1, 2018, April Stouder, MHS, PA-C, became the associate program director of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. April has served as the director of clinical education since 2012. On July 1, 2018, Melinda Blazar, MHS, PA-C, was named director of clinical education of the Duke Physician Assistant Program. Melinda is a 2007 graduate of the Duke PA program and has served as clinical coordinator for the program since 2011.  Also on July 1, 2018, Quincy Jones, MSW, LCSW, MHS, PA-C, became our newest clinical coordinator.  Quincy is a 2009 graduate of the program and has served on the faculty since 2016.

Announcements

Video Resource: Duke PA Program Curriculum

The Duke PA program is excited to announce the first in a series of preceptor development videos.  The purpose of these videos is to provide useful information and best practice guidelines you can readily implement as educator of PA students in your unique clinical setting.  Plus, because you are busy we have aimed to keep these videos short and to the point.

The first video in the series provides an overview of the PA profession and the Duke PA program curriculum so the you have a greater understanding of the preclinical and clinical phases of the program as well as recognize the knowledge and skills PA students need to be practice ready upon completion of the program.

Please let us know if you have ideas for video topics and what you think of this resource: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebrlUPqyBlNNbX7

Category I CME for PA Preceptors

We are pleased to remind you that practicing Physician Assistants who precept Duke PA students for clinical rotations can now earn up to 10 Category I CME credits annually!  CME Credit for Physician Assistant preceptors is approved by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and awarded by the Duke University PA Program.

Here are the details:

  • A Request and Attestation Form is required to be completed each clinical year prior to earning CME credit.  Having this form on file for you is the first step of the process!
  • PA preceptors will receive 0.5 AAPA Category 1 CME credit for each two (2) weeks of clinical teaching.  You have the potential to earn one credit for a standard four-week rotation, and two credits for an eight-week rotation.
  • For purposes of credit calculation, a week is defined as 40 hours of precepting.  In instances of co-precepting, it will be necessary to keep up with the numbers of hours you taught a student.
  • After precepting, the Duke PA program must also receive a completed evaluation from the PA preceptor prior to awarding Category 1 CME credit.  We award credit twice per clinical year – after the Fall semester and after the Spring/Summer semesters (our clinical year runs July through July).
  • The evaluation is available online and will include a self‐report of the number of weeks the preceptor taught and reflection questions.  The evaluation must be completed and submitted to the PA Program by the preceptor requesting credit
  • Credit calculation formula: Total credits awarded = (Number of Weeks)*(0.25+ 0.125*(Number of additional students)
  • A maximum of 10 Category 1 CME credits per calendar year may be awarded to each preceptor.
  • Not available for non-PA preceptors, but others may be able to earn Category 2 CME.

Please contact Jennifer Pennington at jennifer.pennington@duke.edu with any questions or to get the process started for you!