2018 AAPA House of Delegate Report

1 month late is better than never?  Let’s get down to business! Here are some of the topics that I thought was really important at this year’s HOD meeting in New Orleans. Ref Com B Recommendations: 2018-B-01 PAs Contribution to Healthcare Amend policy as follows: AAPA discourages the use of terms such as midlevel providers,…

Post-PA School Travel

It’s hard to believe that I graduated 6 months ago! I took the boards a month after graduation and recall waiting anxiously for my PANCE results to come. Uneasy and a nervous wreck, my thoughts were circling as I was packing for my upcoming trip.  Based on previous score release dates, I anticipated finding my…

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…

PA Student Leadership/HOD Part II

Amber @studyinginscrubs reached out to me a few weeks leading up to AAPA 2018. It’s rare for me to connect with other young, passionate leaders, so I was excited to chat with someone that also shares similar goals. We have talked in great lengths about the lack of student involvement… heck, even actual PA involvement…

A day in the life of a Student Delegate

I am so privileged to return to the AAPA House as a student delegate for the Student Academy for a second year.   Last year I had the honor of sitting on the House floor and voting for one of the biggest legislation in PA history, Optimal Team Practice/OTP. I knew there was more work…

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…

Nat’l Public Health Week 2k18

Happy National Public Health Week (April 2-8)!!! Since it’s NPHW, I wanted to share my story of how I became a health advocate and how that ultimately led me down the career path as a physician assistant! My student leadership days began back in college when I was a member of an organization called VOX:…

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…