Dr. Orcutt completed her physician assistant training in 1984 at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. After joining the faculty in 1989, she obtained her Master of Business Administration at the University of Dallas in 1994 and her Doctor of Philosophy, Educational Research at the University of North Texas in 2007. Her clinical experiences have focused on adult internal medicine and infectious disease, particularly the care of patients with HIV and AIDS. 


UT Southwestern Medical Center (1984), Physician Assistant Studies
Graduate School
University of Dallas (1994), Business Administration
Graduate School
University of North Texas (2007), Education

Research Interest

  • Curriculum Development
  • Faculty Development
  • Healthcare Workforce


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Assessing the Value of PA Dual Public Health Degrees
Cawley JF, Ritsema TS, Brown D, Wight C, Landel G, Orcutt VL, Winsor-Lovely M J Physician Assist Educ 2011 3 22 23-28
Physician assistant specialty choice: a factor analysis.
Wright KA, Orcutt VL J Physician Assist Educ 2011 22 2 20-4
The Doctoral Pipeline in PA Education
Orcutt V, Logan A, Jones P JPAE 2006 1 17 6-9
Physician Assistant Faculty Retirement Intention
Jones PE, Repka M, Draper D, Orcutt V JPAE 2006 4 17 17-24
Doctorally Prepared Physician Assistant Faculty: Publishing History by Degree and Degree Source
Orcutt V, Gosdin, B, Jones PE JPAE 2005 1 16 10-12
Mycobacterium avium-Mycobacterium intracellulare infection limited to the skin and lymph nodes in patients with AIDS.
Barbaro DJ, Orcutt VL, Coldiron BM Rev. Infect. Dis. 1989 Jul-Aug 11 4 625-8
Resolution of resistant chronic herpetic lesions with zidovudine in a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.
Coldiron BM, Orcutt VL, Barbaro DJ Arch Dermatol 1988 Oct 124 10 1571-2

Honors & Awards

  • Southwestern Academy of Teachers
  • Master Teacher Award
    Association of Physician Assistant Programs (1996)
  • Outstanding Young Faculty Award
    Association of Physician Assistant Programs (1991)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • National Commission for the Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) (1998-2004)