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aortic stenosis

Aortic Stenosis: 
Narrowing the Differential

One of my favorite things to do with students, is to look at my patient schedule for the day, and consider differential diagnoses for...
Bell's Palsy

Bell’s Palsy (Facial Nerve Paralysis)

Bell’s palsy is an acute peripheral nerve palsy of cranial nerve VII.  This nerve innervates the muscles that allow facial expression.  It also carries...
Clostridium Difficile Clinical Pearls

Clostridium Difficile 
Infection: A Clinical Review

Clostridium difficile is a gram positive, spore and toxin producing, anaerobic bacillus that is a very common and clinically important; it is a cause...

Surviving PA School

Today’s topic will be a little different from previous articles. It will be directed more for those that are currently in PA school. In this...

Diverticulitis (Case Study)

My routine, when entering exam rooms, has remained the same since I was a student: 1. Walk in 2. Introduce myself 3. Lather up some liquid soap...
achilles tendon rupture

Achilles Tendon Rupture

Multiple athletes, and famous individuals, have injured their achilles tendon; including Kobe Bryant, The Rock, David Beckham, Al Gore, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt.  However,...
applying to pa school

Applying to PA School – what not to do

Sitting in an airport terminal, almost 1,000 miles away from home, I felt like a total failure... I had just completed my first physician assistant...

Hypogonadism: Testosterone Replacement

Testosterone is becoming an increasing treatment modality in the United States, particularly by primary care providers.  However, there is conflicting evidence on the benefit...

Approaching Acute Testicular Pain

Among the conditions to impact males, disorders of the testicles represent a set of conditions, varying from benign in nature to true emergencies, that...

Shingrix vs Zostavax

The FDA has recently approved a new vaccine for Varicella Zoster Virus named Shingrix for all those 50 years and older. Since 2006, all that's...