PA Week

Happy PA Week! I can’t believe how quickly October rolled around. This year’s PA Week just hits a bit differently as we’ve all been battling the ongoing pandemic and the never-ending PPP trolls and Reddit subthreads… it’s honestly just all exhausting.  Regardless, I’m here and still practicing as a PA. I really thought this time…

COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Since my last post, I’m so relieved to say that I’m now a week out since my second dose (yay immunity!) of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. I’m here to answer some of the most FAQ COVID-19 Vaccine questions. Of course, every time I attempt to make a post to answer these questions, I feel like this…

Penicillin (PCN) Allergy 101

To wrap up US Antibiotic Awareness Week 2020, I figured I’d share a few pearls I learned at a grand rounds recently. Penicillin allergy is commonly acquired in childhood when allergic symptoms are found and confused with symptoms of viral or bacterial illness. Up to 20% of people in the general population are labeled as…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…