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…

Opioid Epidemic

The best part about working at an academic institution is that you’re always learning! Generally twice a week, the department hosts a conference that is offered to the ENT residents and PEs (PAs/NPs). This past Friday, I had the opportunity to sit in on a lecture about the opioid epidemic with an otolaryngology perspective. Since…

The Art of Medicine

Throughout PA school, I was given a few pearls on the art of medicine. The one pearl that I took away was sitting down when you’re talking to a patient. Not only are patients receptive to your body language, but overall, they feel like they are receiving better care. Just like with any type of…

HPV + ENT?

This is currently my third week in ENT and so far, I’ve learned that it DOES NOT only involve the head and neck. Other organ systems that may play a role in ENT disorders includes but not limited to: dermatology, pulmonary, neurology, psychology, pulmonary, GI, and even GYN or urology. Today, I had the opportunity…

Welcome Home

  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…

PANCE

**I am aware that NCCPA recently made changes to the blueprint starting for the  2019 test dates. I will go back and edit this post after doing some more research and make my suggestions.** Everything I wish someone would’ve told me before taking the PANCE: So if you’re reading this, you’re either in your final…