I graduated from the PA program at UC Davis in 2012. Immediately after, I began working as a solo provider in a busy family medicine/OBGYN clinic.
I remember having a high volume of patients (60/day) – day in and day out – while working 6 days a week.
This, as you can imagine, was tough.
But, I learned a lot. Much more than diagnosing and lab testing.
I learned about people. I understood their needs, wants, and desires.
Not too long after, my employer (owner of the clinic), sat me down to have a serious chat. He asked if I ever thought about running my own practice.
He wasn’t thinking of giving it up completely. But, he saw something in me, that gave him the confidence I could do this. He wanted me to slowly take over…
When I first started PA school – that was my plan. I did want to have my own practice.
But, the more I worked, the more I knew it wasn’t for me. I’m not saying it’s a bad gig. After all, he built a very nice life for himself. But, I had other aspirations.
It wasn’t until much later, that I realized what he saw in me. Again, it wasn’t the medical knowledge.
So, what was it?
Well, it was predicated on something that can’t be measured by a standardized exam.
I learned how to read people’s energy. How to guide them from anger and frustration – to gratitude.
I understood how to instill trust – I learned how to keep my patients coming back.
These are the intangibles.
The things which will be the difference between having a successful practice vs one that survives month to month.
In the end, I turned down the opportunity. We continue to have a great relationship, but it’s just not something I wanted for myself.
Instead, I want to pour my heart and soul into PA Boards. In fact, I just hired two physician assistants, to come on board: Gray Phelps and Matt Mancini.
Gray is an ED physician assistant – and he recently posted a video introducing himself over on our YouTube channel.
At the end of the day, you have to do what makes you happy. Not what you think others want or expect from you. You only have one life – don’t spend it doing shit you hate.
Thank you for your attention – I am grateful and appreciative 🙂.