Master Preceptors

Master Preceptors

Master Preceptors

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences relies heavily on partnerships with hundreds of healthcare providers to complete the education and training of its future doctors. Without this support, the completion of the students' education would quite literally be impossible. A new emphasis at PNWU is the shift from physicians being part-time preceptors to becoming full-time. The University is proud to recognize the first cadre of full-time adjunct clinical faculty known as Master Preceptors.

Who is a Master Preceptor?

A Master Preceptor is a physician that agrees to teach PNWU students 48 weeks during the academic year in a region where there is a need for core rotations to accommodate the needs of the region/PNWU. There are many benefits to becoming a Master Preceptor. Preceptors save time and improve outcomes by making students part of the health care delivery team. 

A Master Preceptor agrees to: 

  • Provide 48 weeks of core rotations annually. 
  • Arrange for an alternative preceptor if unable to provide supervision to the student for any reason.
  • Complete Electronic Health Record Module before utilizing students for documentation
  • Complete at least five Teaching Physicians Modules offered by Teaching Physicians over the course of the year and provide certificate of completion to PNWU. 
  • Provide an end of service evaluation for each student in a timely manner. 
  • Give feedback to PNWU regarding the improvement of student rotations and curriculum improvement. 

Why Consider Becoming a Master Preceptor

Some of the ways Master Preceptors find students are helping them save time include, but are not limited to:

  •   Have students room patients and take and record vitals.
  •   Raise patient satisfaction scores (perceived more time spent on the appointment).
  •   Find research articles on complicated cases.
  •   Look up medication dosages.
  •   Explain diagnoses in lay terms for patient education.
  •   Pre-round on hospital patients to have labs and reports ready.
  •   Obtain and record patient medical history (students may document Patient History and Review of Systems in the chart for billing).
  •   The student may interview and examine a patient while the preceptor sees several patients. When the preceptor returns, the student may act as a scribe to complete the note.
  •   Give home instructions.

Additional Benefits of Becoming a Master Preceptor

  •   Clinical Appointment
  •   $100 PNWU gift card to shop in our bookstore 
  •   Photo on wall at PNWU
  •   Photo on PNWU website with special recognition as Master Preceptor
  •   One-time sign on bonus to assist the practice in getting started

Master Preceptor Model

Master Preceptors in Action: How working with a student can increase the quality of your work.

Current PNWU Master Preceptors

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Richard Augustus, MD 
Boise, ID
West Valley Medical Group 

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George Bailey, MD 
Yakima, WA
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

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Angela Combs, ARNP
Richland, WA
Centralia Women's Center

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Derek Earl, DO
Hermiston, OR
Family Health Associates

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Tom Ellingson, MD
Yakima, WA
Astria Regional Medical Center

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Scott Fannin, DO
Mercer Island, WA
Mercer Island Family Medicine

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Forrest Fredline, DO 
Boise, ID
Saint Alphonsus

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Anthony Fritz, MD
Centralia, WA
Centralia Specialty Center

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Gary Gregerson, MD
Boise, ID
Advanced Specialty Care for Women

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Guillermo Guzman, MD
Boise, ID
Saint Alphonsus

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Steven Hill, DO
South Bend, WA
Willapa Family Medicine

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Kathleen Isbell, MD
Yakima, WA
Memorial Psychiatric Services

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Ekta Khurana, MD
Tri-Cities, WA
Columbia Basin Pediatrics

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Conrad LeProwse, MD, FAAP
Chehalis, WA
Chehalis Children's Clinic

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Bradley Longston, DO
Richland, WA
Longston OBGYN

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Shakti Matta, MD 
Tri-Cities, WA
Pediatrics for You

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Steven Maynard, MD
Tacoma, WA
MultiCare

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Elisha Mvundura, MD
Centralia, WA
Centralia Women's Center

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Charles Nam, MD 
Puyallup, WA
Good Samaritan Family Medicine

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Julian Pierce, MD
Pasco, WA
Lourdes Medical Center

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Neil Ponder, DO
Kennewick, WA
Desert Sky Women's Healthcare

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Kristen Prewitt, DO
Billings, MT
Billings Clinic - The Heights

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Heather Pugmire, MD 
Blackfoot, ID
Bingham Memorial Hospita

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Micah Puyear, DO
Billings , MT
Billings Clinic - The Heights

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Jennifer Scalici, DO
Centralia, WA
Centralia Women's Center

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Matthew Silva, DO
Yakima, WA
Cascade Surgical Partners

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Jamie Simmons, MD
Yakima, WA
Memorial Psychiatric Services
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Zachary Steiner, DO
Anchorage, AK
Alyeska Vascular Surgery
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Michelle Trowbridge, MD
Anchorage, AK
Providence Alaska
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Jeremy Van Gieson, DO
Puyallup, WA
Sound Family Medicine
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Heidi Weaver, MD
Blackfoot, ID
Bingham Memorial Hospital 
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Stephen Welch, DO
Pasco, WA
Lourdes Medical Center
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John Zambito, DO
Yakima, WA
Astria Regional Medical Center