Life As A New Grad: 6 Months Update

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working as a PA for 6 months already! It still feels pretty surreal at times. So how have things changed since I’ve first started? Well… our practice is growing! I went from working with 5 different attendings (3 mainly: plastics/rhinology/otology) to now working with all 7 attendings (2…

Tonsillectomy

So, if you follow me on Instagram (Ampersand.PA), you know that I will regularly share an ENT #TeachingTuesday topic on my InstaStory. As a request, I was asked to talk about the indications for a tonsillectomy. What is a tonsillectomy?  A tonsillectomy is the removal of your tonsils (oval-shaped padding of tissues located in the back…

PA School Harassment

Is this seriously even a thing? The Journal of Physician Assistant Education (JPAE) recently published a pilot study on perceived discrimination, harassment, and abuse in PA education. Over the past few months, I’ve spoken to some of you regarding the topic of PA school bullying. I did a quick search and there’s even a thread…

ENT’s BFF: Audiologists

For the next few #TeachingTuesdays, I hope to include a mini-series on some of the diagnostic imaging/tools that we use in the clinic. I will start the series by introducing an ENT’s BFF: Audiologists! In our ear clinic, we work very closely with our audiologists.  An audiologist is a healthcare professional who provides patient-centered care…

Post-PANCE Offering

Happy July! I can’t believe June passed so quickly, but I’m sure glad it did! June was probably one of the roughest months of 2018 for me for the following reasons: I transitioned off my orientation schedule and survived my first month as a provider in clinic. I completed my month-long “offering diet.” One of…

2018 AAPA House of Delegate Report

1 month late is better than never?  Let’s get down to business! Here are some of the topics that I thought was really important at this year’s HOD meeting in New Orleans. Ref Com B Recommendations: 2018-B-01 PAs Contribution to Healthcare Amend policy as follows: AAPA discourages the use of terms such as midlevel providers,…

Post-PA School Travel

It’s hard to believe that I graduated 6 months ago! I took the boards a month after graduation and recall waiting anxiously for my PANCE results to come. Uneasy and a nervous wreck, my thoughts were circling as I was packing for my upcoming trip.  Based on previous score release dates, I anticipated finding my…

Life As A New Grad: 10 Weeks Update

I’ve been at my job now for 10 weeks and let me tell you, it has NOT gotten any easier. The past few clinic days have been pretty much a cluster of ‘OMG. WTF. WHAT AM I DOING!?’ moments unlike this smiling photo taken on my first day in the OR! Last Friday in smell…

PA Student Leadership/HOD Part II

Amber @studyinginscrubs reached out to me a few weeks leading up to AAPA 2018. It’s rare for me to connect with other young, passionate leaders, so I was excited to chat with someone that also shares similar goals. We have talked in great lengths about the lack of student involvement… heck, even actual PA involvement…

A day in the life of a Student Delegate

I am so privileged to return to the AAPA House as a student delegate for the Student Academy for a second year.   Last year I had the honor of sitting on the House floor and voting for one of the biggest legislation in PA history, Optimal Team Practice/OTP. I knew there was more work…