Primary Care Training and Enhancement

Through a grant awarded in 2016 by the Health Resources and Services Administration, Duke Health has created a Primary Care Training and Enhancement Program to engage learners and faculty in collaborative projects to improve population health through practice- and community-based interprofessional quality improvement.

Led by the Duke Physician Assistant Program, the project is a collaboration between the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Department of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University School of Medicine MD program.

Preceptor Development Mini-Fellowship


Duke Health's Primary Care Preceptor Development Mini-Fellowship Program, administered by the Duke Physician Assistant Program, offers clinician educators (licensed PAs, NPs, MDs, and DOs who serve as primary care providers), a unique opportunity to learn from expert faculty at one of the nation's leading academic medical centers.

The goal of the program is to equip preceptors to become effective clinician educators who can develop and implement curricula and facilitate group Quality Improvement (QI) projects that will address the needs of vulnerable populations in North Carolina.

The 3-day program will engage preceptors in acquiring knowledge and skill in the areas of curriculum design and teaching, conducting QI projects, population health, cultural competence, and interprofessional teamwork. A special session on “Addressing the Opioids Epidemic” will also be offered.

2020 Mini-Fellowship Dates

    Dates for the 2020 Mini-Fellowship have not been announced. Check back for details.

    Key Features/Activities of the Mini-Fellowship:

    • Instruction and mentoring by Duke University School of Medicine faculty who have expertise in education, QI, and the program's curriculum areas.
    • Three interactive/experiential workshop sessions.
    • Development of an individualized Preceptor Education Development Plan.
    • Networking and sharing experiences with other clinician educators/preceptors.
    • Participation in between sessions’ assignments.
    • Conduct/teach QI projects with interprofessional learners.
    • Opportunity to receive a one-time stipend of $15K (preceptor must attend all sessions and lead QI projects with learners as part of a clinical rotation).
    • Follow-up consultations on teaching/precepting skills and QI projects. 
    • Continuing Education credit available to all participants.

    How to Apply

    Check back for information about how to apply to the 2020 Mini-Fellowship.


    Contact Laresia Farrington at or call (919) 668-4702.

    This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2.3 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent offical view of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.