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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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
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
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 ...
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,
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 ...
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 ...
I'm not a doctor basher. In fact I'm actually quite the
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 ...