Healthcare Leadership and Preceptor Advancement Fellowship

Are you excited about upward mobility and igniting your passion for
leadership? Do you want to hone your preceptor skills and gain more value in

The PALLA Healthcare Leadership and Preceptor Advancement (HELP-PA) Fellowship is a 4-month preceptor development program, created with the goal of advancing clinical education, creating a community of interprofessional preceptors, providing opportunities for networking, and promoting excellence in precepting and PA education.

Fellowship Overview

The next cohort of the Healthcare Leadership and Preceptor Advancement Fellowship begins in January 2025 and ends in May 2025. Leveraging spaced and scaffolding learning strategies, fellows will participate in synchronous and asynchronous activities involving every-other-week (120-minute duration) active learning sessions and self-paced online learning. Working with dedicated mentors, fellows will also have an opportunity to produce applied scholarly products on topics such as quality improvement, implementation science, clinical medicine, leadership, health professions education, and health systems science.

For the 2025 academic year, selected fellows from Maryland will be remunerated in two installments of $2500 each, to offset their clinical practice time, and use towards professional development. Additionally, fellows will earn more than 20 hours of category 1 CME for completion of all fellowship requirements over the four months. The estimated time commitment will be 40-45 hours over a 4-month period. While the University of Maryland System institutions are not obligated to offer any fellow a faculty appointment upon completion of their fellowship, the fellowship program is intended as a step toward a fellow’s development as a potential clinical faculty member.

  • Up to $5,000 stipend to be awarded in two installments
    • First installment of $2,500 during the fellowship
    • Second installment of $2,500 after demonstrating evidence of
      precepting a PA student from a Maryland Program.
  • Potential for tax credits
  • More than 20 hours of category 1 CME
  • Potential for faculty appointment
  • Access to library services (including online access to resources) at the
    University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Mentoring and networking
  • Telehealth certificate
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Membership in the Academy of Preceptors

A prospective fellow should:

  • Have an active license to practice medicine in the US, currently certified as a
    PA, NP, or MD/DO
  • Demonstrate a desire for clinical teaching and a willingness to precept PA
    students upon completion of the fellowship
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States of America
  • Preference will be given to applicants with the highest promise of precepting
    Maryland PA students 

Fellows will be selected based on:

  • Their promise as preceptors of PA students in Maryland PA Programs
  • Alignment of the fellow’s career objectives with PALLA’s vision and mission for advancing PA education, leadership, research, and policy
  • Specialty areas in demand by Maryland PA Programs
  • Fellows who work and plan to precept in medically underserved communities
  • An expressed commitment to EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) in clinical
    learning environments