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  • Semper Gumby!

    If there’s one thing most of us learned in our post-graduate training it was “semper Gumby” (translation: always flexible). And I have learned that lesson in my hunt for my first PA job. My last post I boasted on landing a great job serving the underserved but in the words of a good friend, “It seems like the more the organization wants ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • IMPACT 2013

    In lieu of my comments about conferences, I thought I could encourage any of you PA student or future PA student readers to make a concerted effort during your student years to make it to the AAPA's IMPACT annual conference because it's stellar. The hashtag of this year's conference was #PAsTakeDC and was held at one of Washington's biggest ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on June 10, 2013
  • In the Footsteps of Pioneers

    A thought struck me this week as I stood at the steps of the U.S. Capitol building. It hit me again as I ran past the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial. I am young. I don't mean young as in ''young, up-and-coming PA'' or, ''Boy, you look way too young to be holding that scalpel.'' I mean that I realized my life has been just a ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on May 31, 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
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NPs & Nurse Veterans, New PA Organization, Primary Care

    Have you visited our blogs lately? Last week, new NPs and nurse veterans battled on the value of floor experience. Our NP & PA Student blogger Terry Clarke, currently enrolled in a fast track NP program, expressed his views on what experienced nurses have going for them and what they still have to learn. Here are a few of the comments your ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 22, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – PA Week, Salaries, New PA Organization

    This week, we are celebrating PA Week 2012! The festivities kicked off on October 6 for PA Day, remembering the father of the profession, Eugene A. Stead Jr., MD. We would love to hear how your facility is celebrating. Send your pictures of all the fun to assistant editor Kelly Wolfgang and we'll share with other PAs and NPs on our Facebook page ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on October 8, 2012
  • Where the Need Is Greatest

    So now that the basic tenets of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are moving forward, who is going to provide all that primary care? A lot of people are counting on you to do it. But recent studies and surveys show that NPs and PAs are shifting to specialties and subspecialties at a fast clip. In response, thought leaders and family ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on July 6, 2012
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – June 18, 2012

    On Facebook this week, we shared some photos from the AAPA IMPACT 2012 conference in Toronto. Our fans loved to ''meet'' NP &PA Student Blog blogger Caroline Pilgrim, a first-time AAPA conference attendee. Caroline wrote about her experience at the conference and shared some of her own great photos in her blog post this week. Did you ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 18, 2012
  • The Doctorate Debate

    Last month, after spending 12 hours in a compact car driving north to Toronto, Ontario, I attended the AAPA annual conference with 11 of my classmates. (I hope you enjoy the photos depicting this experience!) The conference was filled with highlights such as meeting the delightful editors of ADVANCE for NPs & PAs, Michelle and Jennifer, and ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on June 18, 2012
  • HOD Activity at AAPA IMPACT 2012

    The House of Delegates (HOD) of the American Academy of Physician Assistants consists of voting delegates from state chapters, officially recognized specialty organizations, the Caucus Congress and the Student Academy, who are elected by their constituents. Each year at the AAPA IMPACT conference, the HOD convenes to hear ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on June 13, 2012
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