PA Week

Happy PA Week! I can’t believe how quickly October rolled around. This year’s PA Week just hits a bit differently as we’ve all been battling the ongoing pandemic and the never-ending PPP trolls and Reddit subthreads… it’s honestly just all exhausting.  Regardless, I’m here and still practicing as a PA. I really thought this time…

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…

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…

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…