The More the Merrier: Precepting Multiple Students

May 10, 2024


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

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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.

Key Topics

  • Collaborative practice
  • Feedback between students
  • Supervision benefits 

Learning Objectives

  1. List the benefits of supervising multiple students.
  2. Describe strategies to facilitate productivity and optimize learning.
  3. Discuss opportunities and challenges.


Steven Reeves, MD, FACP
Internal Medicine Physician, Greater Regional Health

Dr. Reeves is a board-certified Internist who received his medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed an Internal Medicine Residency at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. He then opened a private practice in Creston, Iowa, and after five years, the practice became part of the Greater Regional Medical Center. The practice has become a department with four physicians, two advanced registered nurse practitioners, and one physician assistant.

Dr. Reeves is active in Greater Regional’s accountable care organization work as the physician representative, first with Caravan Health and now with Signify. He recently received his Master’s in Population Health Management from Johns Hopkins University. He is a preceptor for medical and physician assistant students within the Internal Medicine Department and usually has two students every month.

James Dickbernd, PT, MSPT
Director, Central Physical Therapy

Mr. Dickbernd is a Des Moines University Medicine graduate and a licensed physical therapist at Concentra Medical Centers in Des Moines, IA. In addition to his role as Director of the Dixon Center Physical Therapy Center, Mr. Dickbernd has served as the Area Physical Therapy Director for the Tri-State area. His tenure with Concentra spans over 25 years, working in Des Moines and Omaha, NE.  

Mr. Dickbernd serves as the onsite specialist for Iowa regions in assessing job sites and formulating job site evaluations, pre-employment, and return-to-work assessment tools for new hires/injured workers.  He has been trained in Matheson Ergonomic Job Site Assessment and is strongly interested in ergonomics and wellness/prevention.  He frequently lectures to Des Moines to companies interested in reducing and preventing musculoskeletal injury. Continuing education is paramount to his practice as he regularly attends industrial rehabilitation, spinal rehab, and orthopedic injury care classes. 

One of his passions is being a Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy students. He welcomes Physical Therapy students from various schools, often hosting multiple students simultaneously. 

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 0.75 AOA Category 2­A
  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 0.75 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
05/10/2024 - 12:15pm CDT
Event ends: 
05/10/2024 - 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 2-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
  • James Dickbernd, PT, MSPT - Speaker
  • Kim Fairley - Coordinator and Planning Committee Member
  • Steven Reeves, MD, MAS, FACP - 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 2­A
  • 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.