Long Distance Relationship + Medicine

I’ve never been big into Valentine’s day and honestly feel like it’s a big commercial holiday to boost the economy. That being said, I know the feeling of being alone from your significant other when all you see are mushy-gushy posts online (but keep reading, this post may help offer some light to your current…

Protect Your Profession

This is a topic that I’ve been asked several times, “What can ‘XX Academy do for me?” or “Why should I become a member?” One of the biggest take-home messages I tell all of my interview candidates that are about to embark on the PA journey is to GET INVOLVED in your profession! Yes, I…

PA Holiday Gift Guide

Struggling with what to get your favorite pre-PA/PA-S this holiday season? Here’s a guide to some amazing resources I used or wished I had during my PA journey! PRE-PAs: There are so many great resources out there these days to help you perfect your personal statement and prepare you for your PA interviews.   my…

Suture Skills Suturing Pad

In the world of social media, it is so easy to get caught up in the world of branding.  I am always on the quest to find the best brands with a good mission to support. I recently stumbled upon Suture Skills, a brand created by fellow ER PA! The creator wanted to create a…

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,…