Change

As you’ve probably noticed, I’ve been pretty MIA since the return of my ENT conference. Things kind of plateaued after my first year here.  I was feeling completely burnt out. For being such an introvert, I did not realize how much energy I had to expend ALL DAY long. I was told early on that…

National Public Health Week 2019

Happy National Public Health Week! From time to time I get asked, “Is a MPH degree worth it?” or “What do you do with a public health degree as a PA?” So in honor of NPHW, I invited some of my dual MPH/PA friends to help me answer my most FAQ about public health! How did…

Life As A New Grad: 1 Year Update

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been working as an ENT PA for a year now! I have been checking in every few months on my progress (more like frustrations) as a new grad. To reflect my journey, I have grown and learned so much in such a short amount of time. My supervising physician…

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…

A Day on the Hill

I recall sitting on the House Floor when Optimal Team Practice (OTP) passed unanimously in 2017. Fast forward to today, it’s so surreal to take part as an early career PA, advocating for changes on a state level. I recently returned from Tallahassee to meet with my legislators on behalf of the Florida Academy of…

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…