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PA profession, the AAPA's annual IMPACT conference is like Thanksgiving Day
wrapped in Halloween and smothered in the Fourth of July. It really is the
center of the social, educational and leadership universe around which the rest
of the PA calendar rotates. If you don't believe me, ask anyone who ventured to
Vegas two years ago (what ...
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 ...
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
A new patient (below), a 60-year-old woman, presented for ''spongiotic dermatitis'' diagnosed after a biopsy in March 2011. At the time, she received cortisone cream and no follow-up appointment. She comes to my office because she is concerned that the spot never went away and now it is very sore and tender. A shave biopsy shows this to be ...
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 ...
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, ...
The real tragedy of getting a medical education is not the understanding of your own mortality or quantification of personal risk factors. It's not even the fact that friends and colleagues want you to look at something awful that is growing out of their body (I was sure that was a myth). It is the loss of good television.
An EMT friend of mine ...
I feel obligated to warn you. I normally don't use this blog
for public service announcements but I learned of a disorder that all of you
will suffer from, if you haven't already. The good news: it doesn't last
forever and there is a treatment.
I am talking about New Graduate Syndrome (NGS). It affects
men and women of all ages after ...
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
Every day was Groundhog
Day. Well, to be fair it was early January but, like the 1993 Bill Murray
comedy, I felt like I was stuck in a time loop. The high of my graduation
ceremony had worn off weeks ago, so I made like a retired snowbird and headed
south to Florida for the winter. I camped at my mother's house while I waited
for the next ...