Jeff Lytle

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Medical Technology

Do you remember what it was that you connected with, that let you know right away that CHS was the right place for you?

Dr. Marie Vittetoe, head of the Medical Technology (name at that time) program introduced me to the campus, the program, and led me on a guided tour.  I saw in her the passion for the discipline as well as the care she provided for each student.   

Did you come to UK knowing you wanted to pursue a career in health sciences? How did you choose your profession?

Our family physician recommended a pre-med program like Medical Laboratory Science.  Since science had always been a favorite during high school, it was an easy choice. 

What is the best advice you received from a CHS faculty member?

“You ain’t got nuthin til you got it in writing” was the reminder that Dr. Linda Gorman provided to us during our last semester before clinicals.  She was reminding us that before we commit to a job choice or career advancement to have the offer in writing.  I have used this my entire career and it has never failed me.   

Do you have any favorite anecdotes from being a student in CHS?

As the CHS Student Body President, I remember sitting in the office of the Dean, Tom Robinson while we discussed the future of CHS.  He would tell me of his vision to build a new building, where we were sitting, which would bring all the “Allied Health” disciplines back under one roof.  It took him about 20 years, but he did it. 

What do you love about your job? 

I no longer practice in the laboratory, but the foundation of Medical Laboratory Science has enabled me to go many different directions in my career.  Teaching, business and strategic development, managed care administration along with laboratory testing and laboratory management are some of the areas MLS has allowed me to pursue. 

What advice do you have for students in CHS now?

Try to avoid tunnel vision.  Where you start is not where you will finish in your profession.