Balancing Act: Recognizing and Supporting Student Well-Being in the Clinical Setting

July 16, 2024


There is no cost to attend. Preceptors and clinical instructors are invited to attend.

Register through Zoom.

Spring 2024 Clinical Instructor Development Webinar Series


A clinical instructor is an experienced practitioner who provides supervision during clinical practice and facilitates the application of theory to practice for students and staff learners. They assist the learner by setting expectations, providing effective feedback about their performance, and providing appropriate opportunities to meet their learning objectives.

Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences support healthcare providers who actively participate in our student's education by offering excellent clinical training opportunities. Clinical instructors transmit skills and serve as mentors who convey the core values important to Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences: accountability, collaboration, honesty, inclusiveness, and wellness. 

Clinical instructors do what no textbook or classroom can accomplish. As a result, the students benefit from the community-based experience, while preceptors benefit from integrating new ideas and techniques into their practices currently taught in academic health sciences institutions. Join us for a series of educational opportunities that provide precepting pearls to aid in shaping the next generation of clinicians.


Clinical rotations are an essential step that all students must take during their medical school education. For some, this might be the first time they experience “real-life” training working with patients, staff, and other healthcare professionals in a clinical setting. 

The role of the preceptor is vital to helping students on rotations start to practice the knowledge they have acquired during their didactic years. This part of their training can be rewarding but highly stressful. Helping students manage their stress and address mental or emotional health needs can help make this experience much more valuable and rewarding.

This webinar aims to help preceptors support students' mental and emotional health needs under their care while on rotation. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Assess the emotional and mental health needs of students.
  2. Build a safe and trusting relationship with students to help them cope with stress and mental and emotional needs.
  3. Connect students to needed mental and emotional resources.


Matthew Hiveley, PhD, LMHC
Staff Counselor, Student Counseling Center, Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Hiveley earned a Bachelor’s of Psychology and Sociology, a Master’s of Counselor Education (agency track), and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, specializing in couple and family therapy. 

He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years of experience working in various mental health settings with children, adolescents, college students, adults, couples, and families. Dr. Hiveley specializes in the areas of relationships, communication, parenting, adolescent concerns, foster parent/adoption issues, separation/divorce, grief/loss, self-esteem, anger management, stress management, mood difficulties, depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 1­A
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
07/16/2024 - 12:15pm CDT
Event ends: 
07/16/2024 - 1:00pm CDT

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 0.75 AOA Category 1-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 0.75 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals, medical procedures, and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Laura Delaney, MPAS, PA-C - Planning Committee Member
  • Kim Fairley - Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Matthew Hiveley, PhD, LMHC - Speaker
  • Holland Taylor, MSPAS, PA-C - Activity Director and Planning Committee Member


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only. It is not a substitute for a healthcare provider's independent medical judgment regarding diagnostic and treatment options for a specific patient's medical condition. The content of this educational offering does not reflect the views of Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 1­A
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME


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There is no cost to attend. Preceptors and clinical instructors are invited to attend.

Register through Zoom.