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  • Global Health Rotation: Malnutrition

    I just returned from Uganda 5 days ago -- a harrowing 43 hour journey with a more than a few moments of thinking we might not ever get home, but I did. And I wanted to recount a day with a problem we as NP/PA students don't face much in the U.S.: malnutrition.  Bugabero is in the Manafwa District, a sort of rural suburb of the city we ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months We learned that our patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance of those beliefs makes us better ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • When Kids Get Cancer

    Students: You'll learn there are good preceptors, bad preceptors and then there are physicians who inspire, often because of a single incident. Last weekend I was inspired. I am on inpatient pediatrics and late Saturday afternoon we learned about a little baby whose white blood cell count was high and the pediatrician had sent this baby ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 16, 2013
  • Surprising Uses for Botulinum Toxin A

    Botulinum Toxin A is a protein and neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulium toxin can cause botulism, a serious, life-threatening illness in humans and animals. More patients are open to considering treatment with the toxin due to increased knowledge of benefits of its use. Botulinum toxin has been used for many ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on November 13, 2012
  • The Weight of the Nation

    I don't know how many of my fellow NPs and PAs have seen and or heard about HBO's four-part documentary on obesity in America, The Weight of the Nation, but I can't recommend it enough: it is an awesome and totally relevant examination of health in the States. So many of the individuals profiled in this series were reminiscent of ...
    Posted to New Grad NP (Weblog) on August 30, 2012
  • Don't Overlook Social Drinking

    It was a sunny, warm afternoon. A great day to spend outdoors with the family. But Dad had not come home ... again. Then, the phone rang. Maybe it was him? But the voice was not his. ''I'm afraid that he has died,'' the voice whispered across the phone. They found him in a ditch, motionless, dirty ... and gone. ''I am sorry. He died from alcohol ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 27, 2012
  • Medical Skin Needling in Aesthetics

    As providers we know the deeper we dive into the dermis, the greater the risk of potential side effects, sometimes including permanent adverse changes to the skin. I am a fan of options. There is no cookie-cutter treatment protocol we can follow with every patient. Treatments that allow us to treat the skin safely and are a good alternative to ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on July 17, 2012
  • Sunscreen Needed All Year Long

    This blog is brought to you by ADVANCE and DNA. Editor's note: This blog post was written by Kathleen Meyer, MSN, NP-C, who practices in the Department of Dermatology at Lahey Clinic in in Burlington, Mass. Even though winter is here, daily use of sunscreen remains necessary. Here is a list of sunscreen use tips: A sun protection ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on January 12, 2012
  • Dermatology in a Third World Country

    Sometimes it can be very beneficial to step outside our comfortable office and challenge our practice in a foreign setting. I left my office stocked with pharmaceutical samples, running water, electricity, my assistant, sterile supplies and everything else I took for granted during my normal workday and flew to Haiti to serve dermatology ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on December 8, 2011
  • Retail Clinic Strategery

      Opening my Providence (Rhode Island) Journal this morning (OK, online), I saw yet another report on physician objections to retail or convenient care clinics. The same article, but with different names, has been showing up about once a week somewhere in the country for the past 3 years. The article always cites physician charges that ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Voice: NP (Weblog) on October 26, 2007