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  • 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
  • NPs & PAs Are Talking – NP Week, NP/PA Education

    Happy NP Week 2012! This year, we are recognizing nurse practitioners across the country with the AANP theme, ''Your Partner in Health.'' We'd love to know what your facility is doing to celebrate. Send your photos and stories of your festivities to kwolfgang@advanceweb.com to be featured in our Comments & Feedback column online and in print. ...
    Posted to ADVANCE for NPs & PAs Blog (Weblog) on November 12, 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
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