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Bill O’ Reilly refuses ‘Lenny from the local community college’

If you haven’t heard about what Bill O’Reilly said about the PA profession, where have you been?  Let me break it down for you… On March 4th, Bill O’Reilly conducted an interview with Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel about where the future of our healthcare is heading.  He makes a comment about these walk in clinics that are staffed by physician assistants...

Flank Pain

  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hey whats going on guys, and welcome another case presentation.  Today I want to walk you through a presentation, and this patient presented with back pain.  Alright guys, so lets just get right into it today.  So, this was a 28 year old female that came in with some severe back pain, severe abdominal pain, she has nausea,...

PA Boards: PA School is Not Hard

People ask if PA school was difficult for me, and my answer is no.  Hold on, before you start cursing and sending me hate email, let me explain.  The material is by no means difficult to understand, but it is hard to retain.  The shear volume of material is what makes your studying a daunting task.  The material is...

Viral Exanthem

Video Highlights: Prodrome of fever and rhinitis Parvovirus B19 Slapped cheek appearance, then rash spreads to trunk (lacy/reticular rash) Self limited NSAIDs and antihistamines for arthralgia and/or pruritis if needed

Physician Assistant Studies – Mastering the Content

You are studying to be a physician assistant.  How do you take in information and make it stick?  This is the golden question.  This is what can make or break you on exam day.  Making the information stick doesn’t require a a genius brain, it just requires a few strategies.  Here are four strategies that I used to make...

Physician Assistant Studies – Staying Organized

Notes, power points, hand outs, and books.  It seems like a never ending stream of information.  The analogy often given is of one trying to drink out of a firehose.  It isn't uncommon for the PA student to have over 1000 power point slides to review for an exam.  So, how do we stay organized.  Are there any strategies...

Hand Pain

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT  Hey whats going on guys? Today, were going to talk about a patient that came in with hand pain and a little bit about how were going to work this patient up and why we did the work up we did.  Alright guys, so first of all, I have this 30 year old female that came in and her...

Hard Work Pays Off

Theres a saying that hard work beats talent, when talent fails to work hard.  I want to focus on the hard work aspect of that quote.  Anything you want to be good at requires practice, practice, and guess what? More practice.  There was a paper written by psychologist K Anderson Ericsson about the theory of deliberate practice.  He says: "People...

Insulin Dosing

When does a patient need to start insulin?  How do we dose insulin?  If you have ever struggled with these questions, then listen to this podcast.  Hopefully things will make a lot more sense and you will be able to get your patients started on insulin.

First Trimester Bleed

  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hey whats going on guys and welcome to another case presentation.  Today I want to  talk to you about somebody that came in yesterday.  So a little bit about her.  She's a 24 year old female thats coming in at 8 weeks gestation with a history of spotting for the past 2-3 days.  Now, she did her own...