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  • The Don’ts of Cryosurgery

    Cryosurgery is a process where liquid nitrogen is applied to a lesion to induce cell death. It is a procedure done every day in dermatology offices and is now done routinely in primary care offices as well. It is a relatively low-risk procedure, causes minimal scarring and can be used for a multitude of conditions, including actinic ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 9, 2013
  • The Secret Ingredient

    People always want to know the secret ingredient. And, frankly, I can't blame them. In a lot of ways the physician assistant profession seems too good to be true. We study medicine for two to three years after obtaining a bachelor's degree. We practice medicine without post-graduate training or residency. We can switch specialties without ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on August 8, 2013
  • Holes in Our Armor

    At the risk of sounding arrogant (my close friends are shaking their heads and thinking, ''That ship has sailed, Harrison...'') I must confess something: I haven't made a lot of critical mistakes in life. I'm not saying I am perfect. I am light years away from that. But if you had to write the tagline for the story of my career thus far, it ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on July 25, 2013
  • Update on Melanoma Patient

      This post is an update on the patient I reported on in my March 1 post. He is 75 years old and came to our office as follow-up after excision of scalp lesions. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.   The photo shows his scalp involvement 3 months later. These satellite lesions are growing at an exponential rate. The ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 11, 2013
  • Always a Student

    Since graduation, I've had plenty of reminders - good and bad - that I am no longer a student. There is the ''PA-C'' behind my name and my shiny new state license. A paycheck arrives every two weeks like an airplane dropping supplies on a desert island. And, of course, I now hold myself to an even higher professional standard. While these ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on April 18, 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
  • Bring It On!

    The time has come! I've passed boards, obtained my state license and I am scheduled to have ''temporary privileges'' at my facility next week! This is such an exciting time for my family and me! We've worked so hard for so many years and this is it. The really amusing thing? I opened the mail a couple of weeks ago when my license came through ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on March 14, 2013
  • Implications of the Affordable Care Act

    Editor's note: This blog is written by Anthony J. Hall, RN, BSN, behavioral health charge nurse at Atlanta Medical Center. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) means major changes in the way Americans view health issues and treatment options. While there is increased optimism building around the plan's effect on patient care, ...
    Posted to The Politics of Healthcare (Weblog) on March 13, 2013
  • Become the Eight Percent

    Was it losing weight? Spending more time with your family? Dragging your body to the gym? Reading more books? When's the last year you set a new year's resolution? And how far did you get before you broke it? And why are you so discouraged about trying again in 2013? We students in the medical field are required to study behavior change ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on December 27, 2012
  • My Four Favorite Derm Cases

      1. A patient presents with a new spot on the nose for 3 months. No history of skin cancer. I believe it's a BCC and path proves it's a SCC, WOW! 2. Ceruloderma, a drug-induced pigmentation secondary to Lupus medication.   3. ''Show and Tell:'' I love a zip lock bag attached to the chart on the door. This patient was proud of the ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on November 15, 2012
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