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Lori Vasquez, PA-C ’03

Clinical Instructor of the Year

Lori Vasquez

As a 2003 graduate of the Butler PA program, practicing in general and bariatric surgery, how long have you worked in this particular scope of practice?

I have worked with Dr. Ditslear since graduation. He was the preceptor for my general surgery rotation.

What is your favorite part of interacting with students as a preceptor?

I love teaching and exposing students to things they have never done before. The first time they scrub in and see the inside of a live person’s abdomen is exciting for them and me!

What is the biggest challenge students face in this clinical rotation? What advice do you give them?

Surgery can be intimidating because it is unlike any of their other required clinical rotations. Walking into an operating room for the first time, I remind them that Butler has prepared them very well. We do not expect them to know everything, so my advice is to relax, pay attention, and enjoy becoming familiar with the surgical world.

What does precepting offer you?

The chance to open students’ eyes to what the role of a PA can be in a surgical setting. Also, I love being able to give back to my program and my profession because I would not be where I am today without the opportunities I was given.

Lori works at Community Bariatric and General Surgeons and lives in Westfield, Indiana, with her husband, Jason, and sons, Alex (10) and Andrew (6).