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  • Dealing with Discouraged Patients

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on August 4, 2014
  • How to Avoid Absolute Frustration

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on July 21, 2014
  • Q&A with Dr. Debra: Breaking into Dermatology

    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 ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 3, 2014
  • What do you like best about people?

    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? ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on June 23, 2014
  • Are your patients “pain points” or people?

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on June 9, 2014
  • Never Give In

    ''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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on March 6, 2014
  • Until We Meet Again

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on January 9, 2014
  • The Secret of Death

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on December 17, 2013
  • The First Race

    ''There's no way you should look so calm doing that.'' Early 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.'' His comment turned up the ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on December 2, 2013
  • Beyond Recognition

    PA Week recently brought well-earned recognition to physician assistants across the country. Our profession was featured in major publications, national television spots and popular morning shows. The most powerful government and industry leaders expressed their appreciation and countless breakfast, lunch and dinner gatherings were held in our ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 17, 2013