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.
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 to observe a neck dissection and mass removal. The case was supposed to be followed by a transoral robotic surgery (TORS) radical tonsillectomy (in other words, removal of the tumors on the tonsils). Unfortunately, given the size and location of the tumor, the surgeon decided it was in the patient’s best interest to go through radiation instead of having her tonsils remove. Removing the tonsils would also mean removing the superior aspect of her hard palate causing such great defect that she will never be able to swallow again. **Sometimes, just because YOU can do something, does that mean you SHOULD?**
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 art, it takes time and patience to master.