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…

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…

Hustle Hard, Stay Humble

Mom always finds a way to remind me to stay humble. This photo was taken on Day 2 of my trip to the homeland. At this point, I’ve been traveling for more than 30 hours (3 flights with less than 10 hours of sleep) on a bus ride to the very rural parts of Southern…

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…

Introduction

Just when I thought my days of blogging are over (remember the good ol’ days of Live Journal?), I was totally wrong… During my trip to Vietnam, I was inspired to share my experiences as a first-generation Vietnamese American. I also wanted to shed light on health barriers that I’ve experienced during my time working…