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Scabies

  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hello, hello and welcome to another episode.  Today I want to talk about a patient that came in with scabies.  I don't know what it is, but we have a lot of scabies in our clinic.  We deal heavily with a hispanic population, and a lot of these patients actually live with a lot of other people.  So,...

Specialty CAQs

In 2011 the NCCPA launched the specialty certification of added qualifications (CAQ for short).  The original 5 specialties were in emergency medicine, orthopedics, psychiatry, nephrology, and cardiovascular/thoracic surgery.  New CAQs have been added in hospital and pediatric medicine.  The original intent was two fold as stated by Janet Lanthrop, "One desire was to have some documentation to be able...

Prolactinoma

  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT Hey, whats going on guys.  Today I want to do a case presentation regarding a prolactinoma.  So, this is a little background.  This is a patient that I'v actually been seeing for a little over a year now, and I just recently saw her a couple of days ago and I thought this would be an interesting case,...

Naming Our Profession

There has been much debate regarding changing the physician assistant name.  Most notably, the name deemed most acceptable has been physician associate.  When the profession first came to fruition, the original designation was physician associate.  Physicians during that era asked that the name be changed to assistant, because the original name did not accurately describe the scope of practice. ...

Superficial Thrombophlebitis

  VIDEO TRANSCRIPT  Hey whats going on guys and welcome to the next video in the series.  Today I want to do a case presentation of a 20 year old male that came in complaining of leg pain.  So, what were going to discuss to day is the diagnosis and treatment of superficial thrombophlebitis.  So, the first thing we need to...

10 Tips to Succeed on Your Rotations

1. Arrive Early Take the time drive to the location the day before. This way, you will know how long it will take to get there, park, and find the exact floor and location. Showing up early won’t impress the staff, but showing up late will definitely raise a few eyebrows! 2. Don’t Argue Do not argue with the nurses, residents,...

Don’t Shotgun

Whether you are seeing patients in a student run clinic, or during your rotations, you will be ordering tests. How that is done, depends entirely on your site. The thing you need to be aware of is: WHY? Why are you ordering that CBC? Why are you ordering an ultrasound? You need to have a...

The Big Picture

How do we know what we need to commit to memory when it comes to studying for an exam or for the boards? What are the things we can gloss over? Well, you should focus on the big picture. You should focus on things that are testable (ie. Standard of care and non-controversial). What do...

Patient Comfort

I wanted to speak a little on patient comfort. We always get so wrapped up in worrying about the disease and treatment options that we sometimes forget that we have people sitting across from us. I believe that people often want to be heard and appreciated more than they want to be treated. What I mean...

PA Doctorate

The first physician assistant doctorate was awarded by the US army and Baylor University in 2007. The program consists of 18 months in emergency medicine education. Is a doctorate the right move? I believe this is a mistake. Physician assistants practice medicine. Physicians practice medicine. So, why are we awarding two separate doctorates...