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  • 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
  • Dodging Your Debt

    You saw it coming, but there was nothing you could do to stop it. It sat in the back of your brain during school and, as graduation date approached, it grew. While you battled the more horrifying demons -- exams, clinical rotations, sleep deprivation -- this little gremlin lurked in the shadows and waited for its turn to terrorize. Now that ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on September 6, 2013
  • 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