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 Division of PA Studies, under the leadership of Jacqueline S. Barnett, DHSc, MSHS, PA-C (PI), and Sandro Pinheiro de Oliveira, Ph.D. (Co-PI), 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.

About the Mini-Fellowship


Duke Health's Primary Care Preceptor Development Mini-Fellowship Program, administered by the Division of PA Studies, 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.

"This program was amazing. It gave me the opportunity to learn in depth about the proper way to conduct a quality improvement project, how to precept learners, and the severity of the current opioid crisis. It was very interdisciplinary and helped me understand how the approach differs across practices while maintaining same principle. Excellent teachers, great location, and engaging discussions. Would highly recommend this for any clinician-educator irrespective of where you practice."

— Liza Genao MD, Assistant Professor Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, Duke University School of Medicine

2020 Mini-Fellowship Dates

September 4, 2020, 9 am-3 pm
October 2, 2020, 9 am-3 pm

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, lead QI projects with learners as part of a clinical rotation and be currently precepting Duke PA students).
  • Follow-up consultations on teaching/precepting skills and QI projects. 
  • Continuing Education credit available to all participants.

How to Apply

Registration for the 2021 fellowship is not currently open.


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.