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…

SPAO-HNS 2018

My very first conference as a PA-C! I am so thankful that my job allowed me to take time away from my orientation to attend the annual SPAO-HNS Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona last weekend. Having only 12 hours of ENT lectures that barely scratches the surface of the otolaryngology world in PA school, I feel…

Why Otolaryngology?

How I got my start in the ENT world My boyfriend’s brother is a speech-language pathologist (SLPs work to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders) and his girlfriend is an audiologist (healthcare professionals who prevent, identify, diagnose, and treat hearing, balance and other auditory disorders). So… when I…

Hearing Assessment: (Weber + Rinne)

I recall my days in clinical medicine during our HEENT block and how I struggled to determine whether or not a patient has a conductive hearing loss (problem originates from the external (e.g. cerumen impaction), middle ear or tympanic membrane) vs. sensorineural hearing loss (problem originates from the inner ear, cranial nerve VIII, or the cochlear…