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Program Responsibilities

The Ithaca College MS-PAS program is committed to:

  • The continuous development of clinical sites that provide clinical experiences requisite for Physician Assistant education that have the physical facilities to ensure that the site is safe and possess the necessary space/equipment to facilitate appropriate and confidential patient care, clinical instruction, and assessment of the learner.
  • Providing sufficient clinical sites for the Ithaca College MS-PAS program required clinical practice experiences.
  • Monitoring and updating affiliation agreements, clinical preceptor licenses, certifications, resumes and any other documentation related to the clinical phase.
  • Providing clinical preceptors and sites a thorough orientation on Physician Assistant education, and clearly delineating the Ithaca College MS-PAS program’s goals and expectations.
  • Providing learners a thorough orientation to the clinical phase of the program, clearly delineating the Ithaca College MS-PAS program’s goals and expectations.
  • Providing learners and clinical preceptors clinical rotation specific syllabi with clear learning objectives and goals.
  • Being available to learners and clinical preceptors to answer any question regarding policy and procedure or intervene should any problem arise.
  • Monitoring and assessing the learner’s progress and achievement of the goals and objectives at the mid-point and the end of each clinical rotation.
  • Monitoring and assessing that each clinical preceptor provides a high quality clinical experience.
  • Provide remediation and support for those learners who are not achieving the goals and objectives of the clinical rotation.
  • Abide by the policies and procedures set forth in this handbook.

Preceptor Responsibilities

Preceptor responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Orient learners at the onset of the rotation with the practice/site policies and procedures and review the expectations and objectives for the rotation.
  • Provide ongoing and timely feedback regarding clinical performance, knowledge base, and critical thinking skills. This can be done with the learner informally each week or at a designated time and can be formally reported to the Director of Clinical Education by submitting mid-rotation and end-of-rotation evaluations.
  • Supervise, demonstrate, teach, and observe clinical activities in order to aid in the development of clinical skills and ensure proper patient care.
  • Delegate to the learner increasing levels of responsibility for clinical assessment and management as appropriate to the learner’s experience and expertise.
  • Participate in the evaluation of clinical skills and medical knowledge base through the following mechanisms:
    • Direct supervision, observation, and teaching in the clinical setting
    • Direct evaluation of presentations (including both oral and written)
    • Assignment of outside readings and research to promote further learning
  • Dialogue with faculty during site visits to evaluate learner progress and assist the learning process.
  • Audit and co-sign charts in order to evaluate the learner’s ability to write appropriate and complete progress notes, histories, physical examinations, assessments, and treatment plans.
  • Complete the learner’s electronic Clinical Performance Evaluation via E-Medley no later than the last day of the clinical rotation.
  • Promptly notify the Ithaca College MS-PAS program of any circumstances that might interfere with the accomplishment of the above goals or diminish the overall training experience. 
  • Maintain an ethical approach to the care of patients by serving as a role model for the learner.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency through interactions with patients.
  • Spend a few minutes each week in a candid summary discussion with the learner as to whether each is meeting the other’s needs and expectations, and what changes need to be made in the roles and relationship.
  • Provide timely feedback to the learner and the program regarding learner performance.

Learner Responsibilities

In addition to adhering to the standards of professional conduct outlined later in this handbook, learners are expected to perform the following during their clinical rotations:

  • Obtain detailed histories and conduct physical exams, develop a differential diagnosis, formulate an assessment and plan through discussion with the preceptor, give oral presentations, and document findings.
  • Perform and/or interpret common lab results and diagnostics.
  • Educate and counsel patients across the lifespan regarding health-related issues.
  • Attend clinical rotations as scheduled in addition to grand rounds, lectures, and conferences, if available to them.
  • Demonstrate emotional resilience and stability, adaptability, and flexibility during the clinical year.