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  1. After careful revision, I've rewritten the PS that I posted a few weeks ago. Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Standing to the right of the patient, the fabulous Ms. Minerva, I held gauze and scissors, ready to cut the stitch that was being sewn by Denise, the physician assistant at our dermatology clinic. It was an intense moment for me as I watched her stick the suture needle into the patient’s lower eyelid. She was having a dark spot punch biopsied, and although I was doing my best not to show it, I was panicking. “What if the suture pokes out her eyeball? What if when I cut the stitch, I cut off an eyelash?” but all the while, Denise remained strong and cool as the two of them chatted up a storm about her recent trip to Puerto Rico. As I cleaned up the patient and wished her well, she gave me a hug and teased me for being so tense. She said, “I wouldn’t have had that done with anyone else but Denise.” It was because of this encounter that I realized while the skill in performing the procedure was important, the ability to recognize and ease the concerns of a patient were just as imperative. Without the underlying trust between the two, the procedure could’ve gone haywire. That was when I learned that medicine is just as much of an art as it is a science. Denise was the first PA that I had ever worked closely with. I wasn’t sure what to expect but as her assigned medical assistant, I found myself fixating on her habits. I took note of everything she did, from the way she consulted the patients in a nurturing and personable manner, to her note-taking skills and most of all, to the attitude she exhibited to her colleagues and peers. My first experience with medicine occurred when I was six years old. I was involved in a traumatic car accident and suffered a compound skull fracture that caused me to spend the bulk of my childhood with doctors, physical therapists and psychologists. It was a trying time for my family and me, but experiencing such a personal side of healthcare inspired me to give back to those who couldn’t help themselves. As I grew both professionally and academically, I realized which parts of healthcare I enjoyed and identified with the most, and that is being a physician assistant. Knowing that a career that I had always dreamed of was available in a more rewarding and fitting form, I was able to mold myself into a more focused and passionate learner. I have always been a proponent of being a well-rounded person and understanding as much as I can about different parts of life. My marketing major and involvements in my university’s highly regarded sales program are a testament to my desire to learn. Becoming a PA would enable me to satisfy my intellectual curiosity, as the lateral flexibility that the profession allows for is second to none. Being able to change specialties allows PA’s to adapt to changing healthcare needs, and thus increase patient care and quality. Furthermore, the PA’s that I have had the opportunity to work with and shadow routinely display a versatile knowledge of medicine, a skill that I admire. Most importantly, the role a PA plays in a patient’s clinical experience is the driving force behind my career goals. Every PA I have met and shadowed emphasized a holistic model of patient care and focused more on the patient’s well-being. When I think back on my experiences as a patient, what left the most lasting impression was the trust I had in my providers and those who took the time to genuinely care and listen to me. Relationships transcend the period of illness and although patients may be cured, the connection remains forever. The PA profession allows this kind of bond to be possible. Perhaps the defining moment in my quest of becoming a PA was when I was working as an emergency room scribe in a level 3 trauma and psychiatric center. I overheard the page from EMS warning us that they were bringing in a cardiac arrest patient: “63 y/o male, chest compressions started upon arrival, and once absence of pulse was confirmed, patient was intubated and we are en-route to you”. I was excited, as this was the first trauma case I had ever witnessed. EMS rolled the patient inside, and in went the doctor, nurses and respiratory techs. I sheepishly stood in the back and observed what was going on in this busy room - the physician yelling for more epi, the nurse pushing the medicine, a tech doing more chest compressions and another nurse consulting the family. Alas, after shocking the patient twice, the man stabilized and I felt relieved. Nothing could have prepared me for those intense few moments, but I stood in awe as I realized how the beauty of teamwork brought everyone together in the emergency department to accomplish one goal. To make matters even better, a PA was called as the admitting provider. In my pursuit to understand where I fit in this world, I thrive on my time spent with the countless number of PA’s I’ve met and their qualities to becoming an artist of my own. The lessons I’ve learned along with my assorted experiences would make me a versatile provider: one that can think and act quickly, trust her gut and hone teamwork skills, while acknowledging the importance of building and maintaining relationships. I aspire to connect on a deeper level with people and my method to practicing medicine as a physician assistant would be no different. I am earnestly prepared to face the challenges of a PA program and help leave meaningful impacts on other people’s lives.
  2. Saw this advertisement in the NYC subway and immediately went to the Apple App Store to get more details on this app (search pager on the App Store, do not believe it is available on android). Also can be viewed from their website. https://pager.com Visits from a physician or nurse (does not mention PAs) to provide medical care, covered by most insurances (per App Store description). Very interesting to see if this healthcare delivery model becomes more popular in high density population areas. Less urgent care and fast track visits?
  3. Hi folks! Thanks for taking a few minutes to read this post I wanted to take a second to let you know about a new MCAT prep app for iPhone/iPod Touch that’s been released via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id765420896 This app by Sprokit, Inc is really useful and a very efficient way to prep for the MCAT without having to lug around a backpack full of flashcards, books, prep guides and other resource materials. It really allows you to optimize every free second you have available to study whenever, wherever you like -- For example, this makes studying on your daily commute to work or school a breeze! The app features over 1k different flashcards filled with terms, definitions and equations you need to know to score well on the MCAT. It was developed by doctors and other qualified medical professionals, so you know they haven’t overlooked any area in prep for the test. Content includes: * Organic Chemistry * General Chemistry * Polyatomic Ions * General Biology * Molecular Genetics * Cell Metabolism * Nervous System * Embryology * Physics * Root Words * Skeletal System * And, more! Take a look and let me know what you think, I’m going to wager you love this app as much as I do! (And, I have a limited amount of promo codes I can give away, PM me if you’re interested and we’ll chat!)
  4. Has anyone received a letter in the mail saying they were on the waitlist? Hope everyone has a happy holiday!
  5. Hey everyone, Today marked the last day of my didactic phase in PA School! Rotations start November 1st and I am stoked! As the title states I am looking for great medical apps for iPhone/iPod touch (just got the new iPod touch and LOVE it) for the clinical year. I have epocrates essentials (thank you free code for students!) and a few of the other free medical apps in the app store but I wanted to find out from the folks on here that are currently in clinicals/practicing PA's what the best apps are... Suggestions?
  6. Was wondering if anyone is having luck with medical programs for Android phones being a good option over the iphone/touch etc..Like the Galaxy or Nexus..what are your opinions.
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