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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 ...
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 ...
We have carved deep into the second half of my first year as
a professional physician assistant. This is the perfect time for a Quarterly
Check-Up to examine some of the biggest lessons over the last three months
We learned that our
patient's beliefs can trump the strongest medicine and that our acceptance
of those beliefs makes us better ...
I remember all of my great
preceptors: The ones who reaffirmed my choice of career or mentored my special
projects or were less of a taskmaster and more of a friend. As a student, I
pictured myself in their position, guiding some wide-eyed student through the
treacherous surf of clinical rotations. I imagined that sage, professorial
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
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 ...
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,
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 ...
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 ...