Friday, March 23, 2012

PA school Geek Goes to Capitol Hill

As seen in Buffalo.  What do you mean the Pope's not Irish?
I attended an all day WNYPAA (West New York Physician Assistant Association) CME on Saturday (St. Patrick's Day).
It was 75 degrees and sunny outside in Buffalo, of all places, and I willingly chose to sit inside a hotel ballroom all day.  My license to practice as a PA-school-geek is surely forthcoming!    But seriously, it was a very good event with informative sessions.

I learned about:
  • drug diversion from a DEA agent
  • A-Fib and the new anti-coagulants
  • an injury triad that is important to identify in young female athletes from Dr. Maureen Finney (who donned a green Dr. Suess like hat for the occasion)
  • COPD - take away message - STOP SMOKING - Don't start smoking.
  • drug addiction treatment
  • importance and value of prostate MRIs
Even Niagara Falls turned green on St. Pat's Day

I have been so geeking for a chance to get my foot in the door of PA school for so long and now it is within sight!  I have to tell you this is exciting!  I have been working towards this goal of entry to PA school since 2008.
And yes, I am already studying and reading ahead.

I got an older edition of the Bates Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking on Ebay (who doesn't love a bargain, right?).  This is per a suggestion from my buddy Paul at mypatraining.com. I got mine for $1.99 on Ebay.  I have already completed Chapter 1.  Yes, I am a geek.

Visiting Capitol Hill

I am heading down to Washington D.C. this weekend to participate in the AAPA's Capitol Connection lobbying effort. I will be visiting  Representative Higgins from Buffalo.  Looking forward to meeting more AAPA members and putting my advocacy to the test!

More updates to follow!

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