Osteopathic Preceptors

Information about Osteopathic precepting of PNWU medical students.

Osteopathic Precepting of PNWU Medical Students

Adjunct Clinical Faculty (ACF) may be eligible to earn CME for Osteopathic Precepting of PNWU Medical Students. The following criteria are required in order to be awarded CME:

  • The ACF MUST be a physician currently appointed by PNWU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine (PNWU-COM).
  • The ACF MUST be listed on the student’s schedule in E*Value.
Osteopathic Physicians

The AOA has designated osteopathic precepting of medical students as a Category 1-B CME activity. A maximum of 60 AOA Category 1-B credits for precepting may be applied to the 120-hour requirement. 120 credits of CME are required for membership in the AOA within the 2016-2018 three-year cycle. Of this total, 30 CME credits must be obtained in Category 1-A and the remaining 90 credit hours of the CME requirement may be satisfied with either Category 1-A, 1-B, 2-A, or 2-B credits. Physicians entering the program in mid-cycle will have their credit requirements prorated.

Allopathic Physicians

PNWU is unable to offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for osteopathic precepting to allopathic physicians. 

Physicians may find that teaching and precepting medical students provides a valuable learning experience. PNWU's CME Office will email certificates to allopathic physicians who are current ACF to serve as documentation for your participation. 

See AMA's PRA credit system site for more information on alternatives to Category 1 credit. 

Credit Reporting Process
  • Regional Site Administrators are responsible for managing the schedules in the E*Value online software system.
  • PNWU-COM’s Department of Clinical Education runs reports from E*Value quarterly to collect ACF precepting hours.
  • Prior to running the reports, Regional Site Administrator's will be notified to give them ample time to ensure the E*Value schedules reflect the most accurate data.
  • The precepting reports are verified and approved by the Associate Dean of Clinical Education, then submitted to PNWU’s Office of University CME (OUCME) to be used to generate certificates for all current ACF.
  • Completed certificates are sent directly to each ACF listed using the email address on file.
    • Copies of certificates are maintained by the OUCME according to policy.
  • The OUCME reports CME credit hours directly to the AOA for currently appointed ACF who are members of the AOA.
    • AOA staff will roll-over any credit hours that exceed the Category 1-B maximum for precepting (60 per CME Cycle) into the individual physician’s Category 2 CME hours.
  • CME is awarded on an hour for hour credit basis for core and elective rotations.
    • Physicians should only claim the number of hours actually spent with the student.
    • Please see below for the hours/week considered for CME credit:
      • One week = 40 hours maximum
      • Two weeks = 80 hours maximum
      • Four weeks = 160 hours maximum
      • Six weeks = 240 hours maximum
    • If the student spent time with multiple preceptors per rotation:
      • The hours may be divided among those preceptors.
      • For example, if there are two preceptors in the practice, both cannot claim 40 hours per week.
    • If a preceptor has multiple students during the same time period, they cannot claim extra hours.
      • For example, if a preceptor had two students for one week, she/he can only claim 40 hours maximum.
      • Each preceptor must be listed on the student’s schedule.
      • Each preceptor must be a currently appointed ACF by PNWU-COM.
    • CME will not be awarded for precepting hours that were previously awarded to another preceptor.
      • For example, PNWU will not award 40 precepting hours to a preceptor because the 80 hours that was awarded to their partner last month should have been split evenly.
      • This must be done prior to the CME Office receiving the reports as these credit hours are reported to outside agencies.
  • ACF requests for CME outside of the quarterly cycle must be sent to the Department of Clinical Education.
  • NOTE: Precepting hours that are submitted to the OUCME after the AOA CME cycle is closed will not be reported to the AOA by PNWU. Preceptors may receive a letter to acknowledge the time spent precepting as opposed to a CME certificate.

Contact Information

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Yakima, WA 98901


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Melissa Holm
Manager, Interprofessional Practice & Education
Pacific Northwest University
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