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  • 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
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Sea the Skin

    This is a photo of a 56 year old male who arrived to our office for a total body skin exam. Patient was born and raised in Washington with a negative history of skin cancer, both himself and family. Patient enjoys sailing and boating and has spent numerous years outdoors. The patient has a Fitzpatrick type 2 and admits to several ''blistering ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • The Way Healthcare Used to Be

    I find myself thinking quite a bit about how much healthcare has changed since I was young and trying to figure out how it is that we have come to find ourselves in our current situation. I just want to state, for the record, that I am not that old. I was a kid in the 60s and I had my children during the 70s and early 80s. I am not talking ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on April 2, 2014
  • The Power of Brows

    If our eyes are the windows to our soul, then our eyebrows are most certainly the curtains. And it has been studied to be true - eyes are the first thing another person notices about our appearance.  With all the care that goes into taking care of our eyes, I find that eyebrows are often overlooked. The shape of our brows is very ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on February 25, 2014
  • Pet Therapy

    Occasionally after clinic, I will allow my red fox labrador retriever to assist me in chart completion and pathology management. I absolutely love having her nap under my desk and her presence brightens up our entire office.   I live in a very dog friendly community and the majority of my patients own a dog, which makes an easy ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 29, 2013
  • Step Away From the Magnifying Mirror

    Okay, okay.  Magnifying mirrors may have their place in the world. But for your skin's sake, please stay as far away from them as you can! I am a firm believer that more often than not your skin will improve the less you do to irritate it. When I removed my trusted and powerfully lit magnifying mirror from my counter a ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 19, 2013
  • Lessons Learned in my Clinical Year

    Graduation day is just around the corner (but who is counting?), so I've decided to reflect back on the ''lessons learned'' during my clinical year of PA school. It has been a challenging and rewarding experience for me. There have been ups and downs; both were very much needed. Live and learn, as they say. Avoid asking questions that ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on March 11, 2013
  • For the Love of Derm

      (Above) Heart-shaped pigmented Basal Cell Carcinoma on the back of a 71-year-old male.   (Above) Heart-shaped Actintic Keratosis on the left forearm of an 88-year-old male.   (Above) Heart-shaped squamous cell carcinoma on the lower leg of a 73-year-old male with a history of previous skin cancers.   (Above and ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on February 14, 2013
  • Embracing Old Age

    The other day, I came across a poem that was written by an older man who was living in a nursing home.  It is a touching poem, so I've decided to share it with you.  Although the poem addresses nurses specifically, I believe that its message is to everyone, regardless of one's profession. It is a reminder that, despite our age or ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on February 11, 2013
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – DNP Conference, Working in Corrections, Pain Management

    Last week, ADVANCE for NPs & PAs attended the 5th National Doctors of Nursing Practice conference, hosted by DNP, Inc., in St. Louis, Mo. We shared two great photos from the event on Facebook  (here and here) and live tweeted with updates from the conference floor. Here is some of what we tweeted from ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on September 24, 2012
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