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  • 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
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • The Lessons Never Taught

    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 Harrison ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on September 19, 2013
  • 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
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