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  • Practice What You Preach

    Before I started my nurse practitioner program I was happy where I was in regards to my health. I was at a great weight, my diet had been free of any processed sugars and grains, and I was working out several times a week. By the time I started clinicals in my primary care site I felt like a hypocrite. I had not been to see my PCP in 2 ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on February 28, 2014
  • Changing Your Outlook

    ''Thank you'' is one phrase that can change the outlook of your day. Last week while at work the office manager came up to my co practitioner and me. In her hands she held a letter from a patient, thanking the office for the great care that she received. The office manager eagerly asked us to see who saw her and I was surprised to find out that it ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on January 30, 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
  • Global Health Rotation: Malnutrition

    I just returned from Uganda 5 days ago -- a harrowing 43 hour journey with a more than a few moments of thinking we might not ever get home, but I did. And I wanted to recount a day with a problem we as NP/PA students don't face much in the U.S.: malnutrition.  Bugabero is in the Manafwa District, a sort of rural suburb of the city we ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on October 9, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-Up: Part 3

    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 ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on October 3, 2013
  • Immediate and Real Results with Radiesse

    We all know aging is a part of life and in many regards, aging is quite fabulous. I mean, does anyone really want to go back to their high school days? Pimples, bus stops, getting teased for the outfits we were wearing. I know I personally would be happy if I never had to look at (or hear about) a yearbook again. While emotionally and ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on August 14, 2013
  • Skincare on a Budget

    Quality skincare does not have to come at a steep price. If you splurge in some important areas (that benefit you the most) you may need to skimp a little in other departments and that is okay. Let's call this skincare on a budget, if you will.  SKIMP: Face Wash: Don't get me wrong. I love high end, fancy foaming, ...
    Posted to Aesthetics Practice Today (Weblog) on July 2, 2013
  • The Quarterly Check-up, Part II

    We are halfway through my first year as a professional PA. You may stand up to stretch, run to the bathroom or refill your favorite snack. But there is no halftime intermission for this PA. In fact, the intensity (and excitement) of the PA-C life has just begun. As we pass the mid-point, let's take a look back at what we've ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on June 28, 2013
  • The Victory

    If the Medical Intensive Care Unit has a scoreboard, I don't want to see it. Some days it feels like the home team always loses. Patients that look like they are about to recover take a nosedive. The real fighters eventually give up. The most hopeful clinicians must face the grim inevitable. But sometimes you just need one, good ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on May 2, 2013
  • Job Satisfaction

    For as long as I can remember, NPs and PAs have been repeating the mantra of ''same care, less cost.'' I am beginning to wonder if our some of our messages are now coming back to haunt us. It wouldn't be the first time good intentions turned out to have unintended consequences.   When I was a student I once discussed this very subject ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on April 3, 2013
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