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Life as a Certified Emergency Physician Assistant

Payal Shah, PA-C, EMPA Choosing A Specialty Life as a certified emergency physician assistant takes dedication to our specialty, time to prepare for, and an exam to become certified. It was the best decision of my career. I knew after my emergency rotation that I wanted to practice emergency medicine. After I graduated I moved … Read more

Remember to Show Yourself Some Compassion

Show Yourself some Compassion

Kelsey Bates, APRN Compassion is the cornerstone of good medical care. It is no secret that many health care providers experience fatigue. This leads to burn out doing what they do best, caring for others. Especially, in the current times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our workload was challenging before the events of 2020. Indeed, these … Read more

The Art of Persuasion

The Art of Medical Persuasion

Understanding Ethos, Pathos, Logos, and Kairos, and How to Apply Them to Medicine David Hendry, PA-C Interacting with patients requires mastery of many types of persuasion. In one way or another we have all encountered these processes in discussions with our patients. Whether it be the manipulative drug seeker or the Angry family member. The … Read more

The Evidence on Omega-3 Supplementation

In today’s world there are many supplements out on the market. There are supplements out there that claim to make people years younger, make a person super skinny without ever working out, make ladies grow long, beautiful hair and the list goes on. When it comes to supplements, we definitely have to go to our … Read more

Chinese Novel Coronavirus Outbreak 2020: Quick Facts for Practitioners

What You Should Know About the Chinese Coronavirus

Near the end of 2019, a new (novel) coronavirus was identified as the cause of a localized group of pneumonias in the Chinese city of Wuhan.  This new coronavirus has been designated 2019-nCoV, and it seems to be spreading globally with laboratory confirmed cases now being reported in other cities in Asia, as well as Australia, France, Germany, the US, and Canada. 

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Examination Pearls

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Medical Assessment Tips

In school and clinicals we all learn how to take a thorough history and perform a physical assessment. Collecting this information is the foundation for our diagnosis and plan of care for our patients. As we get into practice we continue to develop and fine tune our history taking and physical assessment skills.  I’m going to share a few pearls that I have learned along the way working as a nurse practitioner in the outpatient setting. 

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