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  • Now You Are Speaking My Language

    I always compare the ''language'' of dermatology to visiting a foreign country: if you don't speak the same language, you stand out to people as an outsider. It's the same with using the correct terms when practicing dermatology. Describing lesions and rashes has its own terminology. It is imperative to learn the language of dermatology if you ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on October 23, 2014
  • I'll Have What My Friend Had

    Just like one pair of jeans may fit someone perfectly, the chances of that same pair being right for the next person that walks through the door are, well, pretty much zero.  One of the most important factors in considering an aesthetic treatment is what it will do for your skin. The same treatment that helped a friend may or may not be the ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on October 14, 2014
  • Gaining Independence

    For the past couple weeks, I have been catching myself in the middle of an encounter and realizing, ''Wow, I know what I'm going to do for this patient.'' I tell them their diagnosis, call in their scripts and make a solid follow-up plan. I walk out of the exam room and wonder, ''So is this what being a PA feels like?'' Maybe, but then ten ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on September 15, 2014
  • Coordinating Care

    During your first few months as a PA, you really are trying to take it all in: sponge away as much knowledge as you can, form good habits (like never getting sloppy on the physical exam) and develop a style that will carry you through forty years down the road. It's daunting. Primary care is a crunch and though the PAs are programmed to ‘spend ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on September 2, 2014
  • How to Avoid Absolute Frustration

    Primary care is so imperfect. Each day I could probably find as many things to complain about as complaints my patients come in with, and I am beginning to see why burnout can occur. That is, if you don't have the right perspective. As I forge ahead on this year-one journey, I am creating tenets to avoid burnout. I'm honestly not a huge ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on July 21, 2014
  • Visual Dermatology Clinic: Sea the Skin

    This is a photo of a 56 year old male who arrived to our office for a total body skin exam. Patient was born and raised in Washington with a negative history of skin cancer, both himself and family. Patient enjoys sailing and boating and has spent numerous years outdoors. The patient has a Fitzpatrick type 2 and admits to several ''blistering ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 10, 2014
  • Study Strategies

    I'm always looking for a better mousetrap (I won't say a better way ''to skin a cat'' since I am a cat lover who had to endure dissecting cats in an undergrad anatomy class). So the better mousetrap I'm looking for is the most efficient study strategy for the vast amounts of knowledge that I must somehow accomplish to be a PA. And since I ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on September 3, 2013
  • The Real Price of Medical Education

    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 ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on March 4, 2013
  • New Graduate Syndrome

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on February 21, 2013
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking: Comments & Feedback

    Each month, ADVANCE for NPs & PAs compiles your comments on the latest issues in our Comments & Feedback column. We'd love to hear from you with topics of concern, the latest news for NPs & PAs, what your state organizations are up to, or anything else that piques your interest. Below are three of our latest Comments & ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on January 14, 2013
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