Jennifer SnyderTitle, department and job responsibilities: I’m an associate professor in the Physician Assistant program in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. I’m a 1997 graduate of the PA program.

Years at Butler: 12

Most memorable academic experience(s) at Butler: I love teaching; however, for me the most memorable academic experiences don’ttypically occur in the lecture halls. As I reflect back on my time at Butler, there have been a number of memorable experiences. They include: talking students through lab procedures theymight beincredibly frightened to perform; experiencing international medical service trips with PA students; working with students who are a part of Butler’s Physician Assistant National Medical Challenge Bowl teams; speaking with a student who confides in me a fear, a success, or a significant issue they or their families are facing; working alongside other faculty and studentson different scholarly pursuits; and finally, receiving emails, phone calls, or letters from former students who are enjoying their careers as physician assistants.

Projects/research you’re currently involved with: I just finished up a large, two-yearproject examining the utilization of physician assistants in Indiana with Professors Jennifer Zorn and Tom Gjerde,and three PA students who are about to graduate. I recently completed two review articles ondisease states commonly seen in clinical practice with Professor Sam Gurevitz and five PA students in different stages of the program.This February, I went to Washington D.C. with two PA students to speak with legislators regarding important issues facing the physician assistant profession.

Finally, I am serving as a mentor for two students working on different disease prevention and health promotion projects. The studentswould like to implement these projects this summer in Indianapolis as part of a national fellowship.

What current intellectual or creative question are you thinking about these days: I am especially interested in examining the effectiveness of physician assistants in clinical practice. I look forward to helping answer this important question.Additionally, I am interested in health policy and how physician assistants fit into the future structure of healthcare.

What do you enjoy most about teaching: That’s easy…the students.

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