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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
  • Skincare on a Budget

    Quality skincare does not have to come at a steep price. If you splurge in some important areas (that benefit you the most) you may need to skimp a little in other departments and that is okay. Let's call this skincare on a budget, if you will.  SKIMP: Face Wash: Don't get me wrong. I love high end, fancy foaming, ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on July 2, 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
  • Clinicals and Your First Job

    I was recently speaking with a group of students who will be graduating this year about their current clinical rotations and how things are going. Many of the students had been at at least one of their clinical sites since beginning their programs and were now feeling quite comfortable. Some students even stated that a nurse or two had asked ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 17, 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
  • The Power of Mineral Makeup

    Patients often ask me what makeup I recommend. That's not the easiest question to answer. The most important thing is that you find a makeup that works well for your skin. As we all know, this often involves experimentation. You win some, you lose some. There is no perfect makeup for everyone. But nothing is better than finding makeup that works ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 19, 2012
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