Unlocking Preceptor Mastery: Supercharging Learning Across All Achievement Levels


There isn't a cost to participate in this online course. The estimated time to complete this course is 45 minutes.

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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. 


Have you sought guidance on getting the most out of your precepting time and empowering your learners? Throughout this session, we will explore how the role and actions taken during precepting can impact learner outcomes. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify key characteristics resulting in quality learning outcomes on performative tasks.
  2. Describe your unique role in guiding learner development.
  3. Create learning goals for students who have achieved established benchmarks.


Brian Pinney, PhD
Assistant Director for Academic Support, Center for Educational Enhancement, Des Moines University Medicine and Health Sciences

Dr. Pinney received his Masters and PhD in Science Education from the University of Iowa. He has 15 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including electives in teaching and learning at Des Moines University. Throughout his ten years at DMU, he has guest lectured and led both 1-on-1 meetings and workshop development for study skills and board preparation support. He helped design the SKIPPs project for developing clinical reasoning in small-group instruction and has led many faculty workshops across the education domain. His educational scholarship work includes publications and international conference presentations with DMU faculty and staff.

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  • 0.75 CE Contact Hour(s)


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