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

Richard Augustus, MD 
Boise, ID
West Valley Medical Group 

George Bailey, MD 
Yakima, WA
Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital

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

Derek Earl, DO
Hermiston, OR
Family Health Associates

Tom Ellingson, MD
Yakima, WA
Astria Regional Medical Center

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

Forrest Fredline, DO 
Boise, ID
Saint Alphonsus

Anthony Fritz, MD
Centralia, WA
Centralia Specialty Center

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

Guillermo Guzman, MD
Boise, ID
Saint Alphonsus

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Steven Hill, DO
South Bend, WA
Willapa Family Medicine

Kathleen Isbell, MD
Yakima, WA
Memorial Psychiatric Services

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

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

Bradley Longston, DO
Richland, WA
Longston OBGYN

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


Steven Maynard, MD
Tacoma, WA

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

Charles Nam, MD 
Puyallup, WA
Good Samaritan Family Medicine

Julian Pierce, MD
Pasco, WA
Lourdes Medical Center

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

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

Heather Pugmire, MD 
Blackfoot, ID
Bingham Memorial Hospita

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

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

Matthew Silva, DO
Yakima, WA
Cascade Surgical Partners

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