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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 ...
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
As the summer comes to a close and students and parents begin to plan for the next school year, inevitably there is a mad dash to the dermatology office to treat acne. Freshmen want to be clear to start high school, seniors want to be pimple-free for senior pictures. The problem is that they like to wait until 2 weeks before the start of school to ...
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 ...
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
We students in the
medical field are required to study behavior change ...
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 ...
A patient presents with discrete patches of
hyperpigmentation on the face, particularly involving the cheeks and upper lip. She
denies recent sun exposure or use of oral contraception pills. She was
diagnosed a year ago with melasma and given hydroquinone, which she used as
directed in the evening for three months. She now ...
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The Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) will host a Virtual Psoriasis Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 10. This event offers a unique educational format for dermatology and primary care nurses as well as nurse practitioners who treat patients with psoriasis.
An estimated 7.5 ...
Last week, NP and PA readers submitted questions to our communities asking for advice from fellow clinicians. Below are a sample - if you have any advice for these NPs and PAs, comment on the respective article or share with us here and we'll make sure to pass along the wisdom. Have something you'd like a clearer answer on? Let us know on our ...
Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves, cool brisk evenings, baking with pumpkins and Sunday soup making. Fall also just happens to be a favorite season of mine in the office, too. I call it ''catch-up time'' for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, this is an excellent opportunity to discuss with patients the ...