Alice is a very polite and professional candidate. All though a lot of administrative experience has been in healthcare, she is interested in branching out of the healthcare environment. She most recently completed a temporary assignment for Allied Health Group as an Administrative Office Assistant. In this role, she would run daily reports, handle requests via phone and in person, and maintained the database. Prior to that, she had worked for Comprehensive Dermatology as a Medical Administrative Assistant.
I also think this career would be the perfect ﬁt for me because I can care for patients, but because I am not great at socializing I will only be caring for them when they are asleep. I also think being able to watch the surgeries and procedures will be very interesting. The second career I am interested in is PA. PA’s can diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medication, and collaborate with other doctors and hospitals.PA’s do almost everything a doctor would do in a doctor’s ofﬁce or clinic, which is why I am interested in it. I have never been very fond of doing surgery or 12 or more years of schooling, but I’ve always wanted to take care of patients like doctors did. PA’s do that very thing, but they can assist in surgeries if they want.
My experience with hospital volunteering and involvement with Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Club provided me with more exposure to the medical field. I learned how to approach various people I could encounter in my desired career path, physical therapy. With intelligent professionals, such as doctors and nurses, I gained knowledge on how to formally communicate with them and follow the tasks I am given. Regarding the patients of the hospital and their families, I learned how to show compassion and generosity towards strangers that have been stricken by misfortune. An important life lesson that I have acquired throughout the year is that when being involved with volunteer and leadership experience, the greatest reward is not being paid in money or recognition, but being paid in love.
Due to my education, my family looked to me to understand the medical jargon. I had a specific understanding about strokes: causes, locations, prognosis. However, I reached my limit, and I was helpless to understand her treatment. The entire medical staff was helpful, but one member stood out – the Physician Assistant on the stroke team. She was an exceptionally caring individual and took the time to sit down and explain what was happening and what to expect over the next several
I had asked her what other careers there were in healthcare and she briefly mentioned a few. However, physician assistant stood out to me. Not long after, I shadowed a PA at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the interventional radiology department to gain more insight. I admired his ability to perform a procedure alone, which is only possible after the radiologist and the PA are confident this can be done safely and with high quality. I appreciated how he would talk to his patients before the procedure, making sure they understood everything that was to happen and comforting them.
Another interesting point was that they had ways to treat a patient using OMT, which is known as osteopathic manipulative treatment. (Survey Article) This is something that is commonly used by most osteopathic doctors. They ran a lot of tests prior to using the procedure to see if it will be beneficial. At the end of the test runs, they found this to be the best way to treat patients with lower back pain. They found out that OMT reduced a large significance of back problems.
Working in a clinic allows me to vision how my private practice will operate. After shadowing for several weeks, the long eight hours of standing and assisting patients was second nature to me. I have the opportunity to work with pediatric and geriatric patients. Although, I have experience working with both outside of the field medicine, I want to continue while in my career. While interacting with geriatric patients, who tells ten-minute stories before mentioning their real symptoms, I realize patience and diligence is a skill I must possess.
During the second week of class, I was provided with a scenario to develop personal caring techniques by engaging with and providing basic morning care to a standardized patient (SP) who suffers from a spinal cord injury (Bornais, J., El-Masri, M., Krahn, R. & Raiger, J., 2012). When caring for the SP, my partner and I began by completing a focused assessment of his nervous system and then preformed a bed bath, changed the soiled bedding, and completed a head-to-toe assessment. We finished this provision of care by feeding and moving him into his wheelchair via an assistive lift system. Background During the first few weeks of professional practice, I learned a variety of clinical skills including using a foam pad to move patients up in bed,
Remembering back, the hours spent studying late into the night because it was the only quiet time available. The second obstacle was the financial concern; fortunately, I was accepted into the scholars program, which paid for tuition and books. Nonetheless, it was stressful because grades were imperative to stay in the program, not to mention that being male in a female gender control profession was a struggle. The third obstacle was technology, a new frontier. Learning to use computers, and software, typing alone was grueling.
I chose to take part in the gastrointestinal medicine service for our mandatory clinical week since I enjoyed the GI block greatly and heard it was a good mix of ruminating on problems and doing procedures. My assigned team was with Dr. Saloojee and his band of residents. On my first day, the first person I met with was Dr. Stephanie Collins, PGY-5, and we began patient rounds. The first patient I met on service was really medically complex: a middle-aged female that presented with chronic diarrhea that severely affected her quality of life, with a long-standing surgical history including small bowel resections, antrectomy due to a perforated ulcer, and a percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube. She was in the hospital for five months at this