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  • Treatment of Complications Associated With Intense Pulsed Light

    Intense pulsed light (IPL), broadband light (BBL), photorejuvenation and fotofacial are all terms that refer to a technology that has been available for several years to rejuvenate the skin. Most laser companies have their own version of this technology incorporating a broad band of non-coherent light waves that range from 560 nm to 1200 nm. ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on May 13, 2014
  • The Expert Truth on Sun Exposure

     A nurse practitioner student recently emailed me on the NADNP website to ask the following: ''I am curious about sun exposure. Some small amount is good for vitamin D3 synthesis. Does your organization have a general rule about how much sun exposure is ok, and what to use for protection? For example, I always encourage folks to use zinc ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on May 8, 2014
  • Recreating the Triangle of Youth

    With new aesthetic products being introduced every year, new advanced techniques to deliver these products are also introduced. Tissue filler injection techniques have evolved from filling fine lines to liquid facelifts utilizing more volume, which in some cases resulted in the unwanted appearance of a ''pillow face'' ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on April 29, 2014
  • A Sample Dermatology Protocol

      Many nurse practitioners have asked me about dermatology protocols. They are no different from other protocols and should be an outline of your practice agreement with your supervising or collaborating physician. These protocols should remain broad and general, but list important and specific aspects of your practice like prescribing ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on April 14, 2014
  • 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
  • Never Give In

    ''Never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense.  Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.''  - Sir Winston Churchill If you are a new grad and you haven't nailed down a job yet, I ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on March 6, 2014
  • Until We Meet Again

    I sat in the airport terminal in November of 2012 and stared at my cell phone. I flicked the screen on and off as I waited out another wave of anxiety. I was about to place a call that would dictate the course of my life. At the time, I could barely comprehend the changes that would take place over the next year. It would be the year that ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on January 9, 2014
  • The Secret of Death

    I'm too young for this. That's what everyone says-or at least thinks, the way their eyes track across my features, down to the name on my coat, then back to my face. It's OK. I tell myself that I can earn the respect automatically granted to someone with a few gray hairs. Besides, there's a difference between age and maturity and these days I ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on December 17, 2013
  • The First Race

    ''There's no way you should look so calm doing that.'' Early during the first year of PA school a handful of my classmates had met at the gym before our lectures. One of them looked over the numbers on the display of my treadmill and shook his head. ''If I was doing that right now, I would be in serious pain.'' His comment turned up the ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on December 2, 2013
  • Reasons to Love the PA Profession

    The first year of clinical practice can chew through the toughest skin right down to the marrow of your bones. Doubt creeps into the crevices of your brain, the dark recesses that you never knew existed. The early challenges of your career can force you to examine the biggest decisions of your life. Fortunately, there is one I have never ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 31, 2013
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