Preceptors

Physician Assistant Preceptors

The mission of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is to educate patient-centered medical providers of the highest quality who are critical thinkers, leaders, and life-long learners.  This mission cannot be fulfilled without the dedication and expertise of clinical preceptors to our students.  Our preceptors are invaluable assets who significantly enhance our students' clinical skills and professional development.

Becoming a PA Preceptor

To become a new preceptor, please complete and submit the three short forms below and review our PA Preceptor Manual.  Adjunct faculty appointments and CME credits are available to our PA preceptors.  If you are interested in an adjunct faculty appointment, please review the Adjunct Faculty Criteria and contact our office with any questions. 

Preceptor Forms and Manual

Submit all forms to paclinical@mercer.edu

Affiliation Agreements

Mercer University requires a fully executed affiliation agreement with each practice and hospital involved in supervised clinical practice experiences.  To inquire about currently established affiliation agreements, please contact us at paclinical@mercer.edu.  New preceptor / sites will be sent an affiliation agreement for review and signature after the preceptor forms have been received.

Current PA Preceptors

PA preceptors are requested to updated the Preceptor Profile and Agreement Form and Preceptor Availability Form annually.

E*Value

Preceptors must complete a final evaluation for each student at the end of each clinical rotation.  All student evaluations are completed through the rotation management program E*Value.  All new preceptors will be assigned an E*Value profile and login and will be provided with instructions on completing the students' evaluations online.

Clinical Course Syllabi

Student learning is guided by a course syllabus for each of the required nine core rotations. The syllabi below are provided to preceptors as guides for facilitating student learning on rotations. As well, our program utilizes a set of objective, standardized “End of Rotation” exams created by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) to serve as one measure of the medical knowledge gained during specific clinical rotations.  The material covered on those exams is outlined by PAEA and can be accessed utilizing the links below.

Family Medicine

Internal Medicine - Outpatient

Hospital Medicine

Women's Health

Pediatrics

Emergency Medicine

General Surgery

Behavioral Medicine

Orthopedics

Georgia Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (GA PTIP)

The GA PTIP Program was signed into law in April 2014 and creates tax deductions of up to $10,000 for otherwise uncompensated community-based physicians who provide training to medical, osteopathic, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students matriculating at Georgia public or private educational institutions.  For more detailed information, please see the GA PTIP Tax Incentive Program.

Contact Information                                 

Director of Clinical Education
                      Hank Heard, DHSc, PA-C
                      heard_hh@mercer.edu
                      Phone: 678.547.6780

Clinical Coordinator
                      Shayla Davis, MEd
                      davis_sd@mercer.edu
                      Phone: 678.547.6399

Coordinator of Experiential Learning
                      Laura Johnson
                      johnson_lp@mercer.edu
                      Phone: 678.547.6447 

Credentialing Coordinator
                      Cynthia Edwards-Wright
                      edwards-wright_ce@mercer.edu
                      Phone: 678.547.6318

PA Program Fax: 678.547.6509