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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
is Tough - Whether you are moving into a new career or a new
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