Just Steve Posted February 1, 2012 Share Posted February 1, 2012 Today our class was visited by Larry Guffey, PA-C, retired. The focus on the visit was not dissimilar to a tribal meeting called by the elders to pass on the stories from our past. He was invited to speak to us and share his experience getting to MEDEX class 7 and his time as a PA after graduation. He's 77 now and self admittedly has lost some of his memory. He spent a few days putting together notes so he could tell his story the best he could remember it and his efforts were appreciated by all in attendance. He stressed the innate, natural impulse to take the privilege of being a PA and do good with it. To treat the patient as all those who walk through the door need and deserve help. It may not always be the help we as providers want to give, but they deserve our time and energy. It was a kind motivational story. Part of his motivational story was telling us that he helped, if not led, the push to form the Alaska Association of Physician Assistants. I found this tidbit to be pretty inspiring and I felt privileged to be part of his day today. As his story winded through the morning, he stressed again and again that he truly wished that the PA profession had an organized, professional mentorship program by PAs, for PAs. Not a training program at all but rather a support network where PAs can call up with issues like "I am freaking burned out" and receive some guidance and a kind ear from a seasoned peer who will listen to them. I am acutely aware that in today's world of "produce or perish" (my apologies to the academic world of publish or perish) where everyone is pushed for time, energy, and reimbursement, that being on call to counsel a fellow PA may be rather inconvenient. Not to mention the logistical nightmare of organizing a group of folks, or training them to any sort of similar guidelines...or if training is needed at all...The notion of organizing independently minded Type A personalities is full of seemingly uphill challenges. All that aside..what say ye? In today's digital age, we have places like this forum, the ease of email, and everyone and their two dogs has a cell phone in their pocket with a couple of buddies on speed dial. Is that enough? Or do you think that there may be a need for some sort of formal network..a place a PA can call up anonymously and look for guidance through mine fields like "I am dating a patient....I am burned out and hate my SP....I'm all alone in BFE and scared to death..." etc etc... Thoughts? ps...anyone know Larry Guffey from back in the day? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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