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Preceptor Highlight—Austin Slayter, PA-C

Austin SlayterAustin Slayter attended the University of Findlay and double majored in Forensic Science and Biology.

He graduated from the Butler University PA Program in 2012 and is currently with IU Health Physicians Primary Care–Allisonville, in Fishers Indiana.

What brought you to your current position?

I chose family medicine for the lifestyle, shorter commute, and because Dr. Pletzer of IUH–Allisonville is a great physician. I still occasionally work shifts at the St. Francis Emergency Department.

What do you like best about being a clinical preceptor?

Several things. Giving back to the profession. I had preceptors who had a significant impact on me and I hope to make a positive impact on the students I precept. I also enjoy seeing the students reaction when they experience something they haven’t seen before. And lastly, precepting students keeps me up-to-date.

What do you perceive to be the biggest challenge students face in family medicine and what advice do you give them?

I perceive their biggest challenge is a fear of making a mistake. While their strengths tend to be in performing the history and physical exam and working through the diagnosis, they are not confident in formulating the plan. I tell them, “Don’t be afraid to be wrong. If you are, learn through your mistakes.” I also tell them that this is the time to make mistakes because they have someone watching over their back making sure they get it right.

What is your impression of Butler PA students?

They are well prepared and are good communicators.

What is your favorite thing about taking Butler PA students?

Giving back to my alma mater. Coming from Butler, it is professionally gratifying to contribute to their education and help prepare them to enter clinical practice.

Austin lives in Fishers, IN with his wife, Meredith Freeman, PA-C, also a graduate of the class of 2012.