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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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
Face Wash: Don't get me wrong. I
love high end, fancy foaming, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
When I was a student I once
discussed this very subject ...
I had a student ask me
recently if I had a dermatoscope and if I could show her how to use it. The
answer was simple enough. No, I don't need one. This of course led to the
logical question...Why? This blog post was inspired by this exchange.
The simplest answer to
this question is that if I see something that looks abnormal, I biopsy it. ...
Her only enemy was time. There was too much of it. As my
patient lay in her bed and slowly suffocated, each tick of the clock brought a
desperate battle to stave off panic.
Ms. M had dealt with her difficult lungs for years. Without
explanation, the delicate tissues and air sacs had hardened and scarred; they stiffened
and refused to ...
You don't have to break the law to fail a
pre-employment drug test. In fact, you could lose your job just by using
countless products hanging on the wall of your local gas station. That's
because at my hospital, when an
employee's urine drops into that little plastic
device during a pre-employment drug screen, it is checked for ...