Preceptors play a vital role during the clinical year for students in the UW-Madison Physician Assistant Program. The clinical setting synthesizes concepts and application of principles for quality health care delivery. Students work closely with preceptors, progressively developing the skills and clinical judgment necessary to become a practicing PA.

Benefits of being a preceptor

There are many benefits to becoming a preceptor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Physician Assistant program. Other than paying it forward to the future of medicine we also offer our preceptors additional benefits listed below:

Preceptor and clinical adjunct assistant professor appointment

We are able to offer our preceptors a zero dollar appointment within the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. There are two appointments that we can offer: Preceptor Appointments for our PA/NP preceptors and Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor Appointments for our MD/DO preceptors. In order to be eligible for these appointments preceptors need to perform a minimum of 25 hours in the following activities: supervising or teaching PA students in the clinical setting and/or lecturing to PA students.

Benefits include:

Faculty/staff identification card, which permits access to university facilities such as the Natatorium, Nielsen Tennis Stadium, libraries and student unions. Fees and/or an additional identification card may be required to use certain facilities; contact the facility for specific information.

For more information contact Rosa Retrum at

Category 1 CME credit (PA preceptors only)

We are pleased to offer our preceptors who are physician assistants Category 1 CME.

Benefits include:

Individual preceptors who are PAs may be awarded a maximum of 20 AAPA Category 1 CME credits for precepting per calendar year, at a rate of 2 AAPA Category 1 CME credits per student per 40-hour week.

For more information contact Rosa Retrum at

What our preceptors say

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The excellent quality and preparation of the students never wavers at the UW PA program, and it has been a privilege to have helped several of them to achieve their goals over the years. The program has really improved the delivery of health care in Wisconsin and beyond because of the caring and intelligence of the people doing all the right things to run a complicated educational curriculum.

Jeffrey White, DO (Medical Associates, Platteville)

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