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  • 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
  • From Student to Clinician

    The wind whipped around the rooftop of the Philadelphia high-rise apartment building and tousled the hair of perhaps the only person who knows exactly what I have experienced over the last eight months. We sat overlooking the urban expanse and swapped stories of silly daily events, gut-wrenching stress and, of course, death. Like me, ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on August 23, 2013
  • Welcome to the PA/NP Universe!

    This month, thousands of PA and NP students are just getting started on their journey. Most PA programs begin in June or August and many students are gearing up for the craziest two years of their career thus far. I am 2 years in and graduate in December and August is a great time to reflect on what I've learned so far and what I tell ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 14, 2013
  • The Don’ts of Cryosurgery

    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 actinic ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 9, 2013
  • The Secret Ingredient

    People always want to know the secret ingredient. And, frankly, I can't blame them. In a lot of ways the physician assistant profession seems too good to be true. We study medicine for two to three years after obtaining a bachelor's degree. We practice medicine without post-graduate training or residency. We can switch specialties without ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on August 8, 2013
  • PA School Preparation

    Preparation. Being prepared. Getting prepared. Makes you think of boy scouts tying knots and studying guidebooks. But prepping for school properly is important. Effective preparation can be a big part of the recipe for success. I have been prepping for my fall semester that is about to begin after Labor Day weekend, by vacationing and ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on August 5, 2013
  • Holes in Our Armor

    At the risk of sounding arrogant (my close friends are shaking their heads and thinking, ''That ship has sailed, Harrison...'') I must confess something: I haven't made a lot of critical mistakes in life. I'm not saying I am perfect. I am light years away from that. But if you had to write the tagline for the story of my career thus far, it ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on July 25, 2013
  • Treating Acne: The Basics

    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 ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 12, 2013
  • Update on Melanoma Patient

      This post is an update on the patient I reported on in my March 1 post. He is 75 years old and came to our office as follow-up after excision of scalp lesions. He was diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic melanoma.   The photo shows his scalp involvement 3 months later. These satellite lesions are growing at an exponential rate. The ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on July 11, 2013
  • Reducing That ‘Puffy' Appearance After Treatment

    We continue to learn about and understand the concept of volume loss in the aging face. We have a wide spectrum of products to use and are learning more advanced techniques to help our patients look more youthful while maintaining a more natural appearance. Patients can now look 10 to 15 years younger with a liquid facelift in just a few minutes. ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on June 24, 2013
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