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After months of waiting to hear back from the credentialing office, I have officially made it. It’s hard to believe that I just I completed my first week as a PA!

As a new member of the ENT team, I am currently on a 6-weeks orientation schedule. I am assigned a clinic to shadow/observe for a few days and follow the assigned attending to their clinic/OR schedule.  Once the orientation is over, I will gradually start seeing patients on my own and present to the attendings. The end goal is having my own independent clinic schedule.

Our team consists of 6 attendings (sinus, peds, neurotology, facial plastics, general ENT), and 5 physician extenders (PAs + NP) AND lots of residents.

I’m so inspired by everyone’s hard work ethics. I never expected that I would end up in an academic center, but I’m really glad that the cards fell in the right place at the right time. Not only is this the best place to foster my growth as a new provider, but it also gives me the opportunity to stick to my public health roots.

As part of my orientation, I am required to attend lectures with the residents (~2x/week) before heading off to the clinic. This works out wonderfully as I get free CMEs for my certification at my very own convenience. The opportunities to learn are endless here. All of the attendings are truly amazing educators and researchers. They say you should soak up as much knowledge as you can during your first few years as a PA. #lifelonglearner

Here’s a recap of the week:

  • Monday: New Employee Orientation – Possibly the most orientation I have ever been to. It was painstakingly dry and I would never wish that type of torture on anyone.
  • Tuesday: First official day in the clinic! Started out in pediatrics ENT.
    • Cases: childhood sleep apnea, thyroglossal duct cyst, allergic rhinitis, sensory neural hearing loss
  • Wednesday: Peds OR – Hello OR! We meet again!
    • Cases: Tonsillectomy + Adenoidectomy, tympanoplasty

  • Thursday: Sinus Clinic
    • Cases: Chronic sinusitis, nasal polyps
  • Friday:  Sinus Clinic Cont’d
    • Cases: Sinusitis (all day, err’ day) + interestingly, a good mix of cystic fibrosis patients

Overall thoughts:
They say PA school is like drinking out of a fire hydrant, well, starting your new job isn’t that much different. It’s information overload and I hope that my survival skills in PA school will help me transition smoothly into my new position.

All I know right now is that I’m incredibly blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing team and I hope I never take this job for granted.

“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.”


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