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For the past couple weeks, I have been catching myself in the middle of an encounter and realizing, ''Wow, I know what I'm going to do for this patient.'' I tell them their diagnosis, call in their scripts and make a solid follow-up plan. I walk out of the exam room and wonder, ''So is this what being a PA feels like?''
Maybe, but then ten ...
You're scanning the EMR and you see four office visits in the past month with the same chief complaint. You walk in the room knowing it's not going to be an average cut-and-dry visit. The patient is frustrated about their bowel, their bladder or their other non-emergent complaint that keeps driving them back to the office, and you have to address ...
Primary care is so imperfect. Each day I could probably find as many things to complain about as complaints my patients come in with, and I am beginning to see why burnout can occur. That is, if you don't have the right perspective. As I forge ahead on this year-one journey, I am creating tenets to avoid burnout. I'm honestly not a huge ...
I graduate FNP school next year and I am interested in Dermatology. I do not have any experience in this area. Who would be a good contact to learn how to get into the field?
I get this question submitted to the NADNP website many times. It is a difficult question because dermatology is so difficult to find an opportunity. The best ...
What I ask people who are considering PA school or trying to pick a specialty in medicine is that they decide what they like best about people. Do you like it best when people are passed out on the operating table, nonverbal? Do you like people when they're panicked and have chest pain? Do you like people when they are in their last days of life? ...
Going to work full time for the first time in my life felt surprisingly just like the first day of a rotation, except this time I walk into the office and notice my name on the front door at the bottom of the list of providers in the sort of transparent, white print they write those things in on glass. I’ve noticed the past couple of weeks that ...
''Never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.'' - Sir Winston Churchill
If you are a new grad and you haven't nailed down a job yet, I ...
I sat in the airport terminal in
November of 2012 and stared at my cell phone. I flicked the screen on and off as
I waited out another wave of anxiety. I was about to place a call that would
dictate the course of my life. At the time, I could barely comprehend the
changes that would take place over the next year.
It would be the year that ...
I'm too young for this. That's what everyone says-or at
least thinks, the way their eyes track across my features, down to the name on
my coat, then back to my face. It's OK. I tell myself that I can earn the
respect automatically granted to someone with a few gray hairs. Besides,
there's a difference between age and maturity and these days I ...
''There's no way you should look so calm doing that.''
during the first year of PA school a handful of my classmates had met at the
gym before our lectures. One of them looked over the numbers on the display of my
treadmill and shook his head.
''If I was
doing that right now, I would be in serious pain.''
turned up the ...