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  • What's Up, Doc?

    In our urgent care there are four full time providers: three physician assistants and myself. Our medical director, a physician, comes in one half shift per week. As we enter a patient's room, we always introduce ourselves by our title. ''Hi, I'm Katrin and I am a nurse practitioner.'' There is never any bait or switch and patients are aware ...
    Posted to First Year NP (Weblog) on January 17, 2014
  • Privacy and Confidentiality

    I don't know about you, but there isn't a day that goes by when I don't have some sort of umm....interesting experience at work. I understand how awfully tempting it is to jump on Facebook or Twitter and share the events of my day with all 100+ or so of my closest ''friends''. It's so very rewarding to watch a post collect ''likes'' and ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on October 16, 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
  • The Lessons Never Taught

    I remember all of my great preceptors: The ones who reaffirmed my choice of career or mentored my special projects or were less of a taskmaster and more of a friend. As a student, I pictured myself in their position, guiding some wide-eyed student through the treacherous surf of clinical rotations. I imagined that sage, professorial Harrison ...
    Posted to First Year PA (Weblog) on September 19, 2013
  • Pet Therapy

    Occasionally after clinic, I will allow my red fox labrador retriever to assist me in chart completion and pathology management. I absolutely love having her nap under my desk and her presence brightens up our entire office.   I live in a very dog friendly community and the majority of my patients own a dog, which makes an easy ...
    Posted to Dermatology Practice Today (Weblog) on August 29, 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
  • 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
  • When Kids Get Cancer

    Students: You'll learn there are good preceptors, bad preceptors and then there are physicians who inspire, often because of a single incident. Last weekend I was inspired. I am on inpatient pediatrics and late Saturday afternoon we learned about a little baby whose white blood cell count was high and the pediatrician had sent this baby ...
    Posted to NP & PA Student Blog (Weblog) on July 16, 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
  • Physicians and Us

    I'm not a doctor basher. In fact I'm actually quite the contrary. Over the course of my career I have worked with some great docs. They have been encouraging, helpful and generally treated me as a peer. During my education I had physician preceptors and early in my career I had physician mentors. In my practice I have consulted with ...
    Posted to Career Coach (Weblog) on May 1, 2013
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