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  • The Quarterly Check-up

    We made it through one quarter of my first year as a physician assistant. Let's take this opportunity to reflect on some of the lessons learned during my first three months. It's sort of like your boss' 90-day evaluation, but without the sense of impending doom. Transition is Tough - Whether you are moving into a new career or a new city ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on April 4, 2013
  • Life in Transition

    As I approached high school graduation years ago, my Health Careers teacher shared the popular modern parable, Who Moved My Cheese? It is a story about mice and miniature people who look for cheese (a metaphor for happiness and success) in a maze. Silly, for sure, but I found that the story's lesson sticks its nose into my life on occasion. ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on February 7, 2013
  • My First PA Job Offer

    The airplane shuddered around me and somewhere in the back a baby began to cry. I looked out of the window, past the carpet of clouds to the countryside that rolled in every direction. The plane shook again, even harder this time, and a few rows away a man cursed. I couldn't help but smile; I always loved the turbulence. A limousine driver ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on January 11, 2013
  • Celebrating PA Practice

    Saturday was National PA Day and PA Week runs Oct. 6-12th. This week is important for us students to educate our friends, family and communities on why in the world we disappear for 2 years and then come out of our education with amazing jobs and opportunities waiting for us. At Jefferson, we kicked off the celebration on Friday, Oct. 5. The ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 8, 2012
  • Mistaken Identity

    As I entered the patient's room, I introduced myself and asked if her name was ''Sarah.'' She said ''yes,'' nodding in my direction with a welcoming smile. Prior to entering the patient's room, I had diligently reviewed the chart. She was 93 and had been hospitalized after slipping and falling in her home, where she lived alone. Her husband had ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 24, 2012
  • Onward and Upward

    Terry Clarke, student nurse here. I am in an accelerated nurse practitioner program at UMASS Worcester. We just finished our year-long RN BSN equivalency. I've been feeling like a hand-stamped 18-year-old at a bar, able to join the conversations but not order a beer. As my NCLEX draws nigh, I finally feel competent to write about this experience. ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 20, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – July 23, 2012

    Last week, New Grad NP blogger Samantha Damren posted the struggle she encounters working with multiple physicians: memorizing the preferences and practices of each. On Facebook, reader Amber said, ''20 in my emergency physician group ... can get frustrating!'' On our blog, more readers weighed in. Here are some of their ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 23, 2012
  • An NP Student Reflects on Healthcare Reform

    I know, I know. You're all probably thinking that if you see another blog about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, you are going to need an emesis basin. Since the healthcare reform package was upheld by the Supreme Court, healthcare is back in the news and on the minds, lips and keyboards of just about everyone. I will attempt to ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 9, 2012
  • Where the Need Is Greatest

    So now that the basic tenets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are moving forward, who is going to provide all that primary care? A lot of people are counting on you to do it. But recent studies and surveys show that NPs and PAs are shifting to specialties and subspecialties at a fast clip. In response, thought leaders and family ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 6, 2012
  • So Easy to Lose, So Hard to Get Back

    ''I should give her some vodka. That would make her feel much better. Ha ha!'' You would think that a statement like this would be made at a bar or a party. Unfortunately, it was made by the emergency room doctor, as he chuckled with the nursing staff about my grandmother's pain. Maybe I'm lacking a sense of humor here, but I did not find the ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 2, 2012