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Benefits of Being a Preceptor

There are many benefits to being a preceptor for our program. Rosalind Franklin University offers free CME to all preceptors through the preceptor enhancement program. All Preceptors accumulate CME II credits and Physician Assistants accumulate CME I credits (max of 20 per calendar year). All preceptors are able to apply for faculty appointments


On November 9th, 2021 the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Physician Assistant Program awarded Reuben Rutland, MD, MBA with the Distinguished Clinical Preceptor Award. The award is in recognition of Dr. Rutland’s commitment to excellence in the clinical education of Physician Assistant students as both a mentor and preceptor. Dr. Rutland continues to be very supportive of the PA profession and medical education.

Dr. Rutland, the chief of trauma surgery at Methodist Hospital in Gary and Merrillville, IN has been a gracious clinical preceptor for RFUMS PA students in general surgery since May, 2017. His academic journey began at Tennessee State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences. He then attended the historical  Meharry Medical College  in Nashville, TN. After graduating from Meharry, he bravely served our country as a Battalion Medical Officer in the United States Navy with the Third Marine Regiment. Dr. Rutland completed his general surgery residency at  St. Mary’s Hospital  in Waterbury, CT. In the middle of his residency he completed post-doctoral research work at the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at  Hartford Hospital , a Level I trauma center. Dr. Rutland received his Master of Business Administration from the  Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in 2016.

In addition to providing excellent healthcare to patients, Dr. Rutland continues to inspire and serve the community and started a nonprofit organization called Project Outreach and Prevention (POP) on Youth Violence in 2014 with a vision to promote youth health awareness and violence prevention.

On behalf of the PA Program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science we would like to sincerely thank Dr. Rutland for his continued commitment and dedication to providing quality educational experiences for our students. We would also like to thank all of his partners, colleagues, staff, and entire team for their dedication, expertise, time and compassion.