Monday, September 10, 2012

Meet Mr. Bones

Mr. Bones at Kiehl's

Mr. Bones stands up for Canadian AIDS Society

We went up to Toronto this weekend (extended birthday celebration tradition) and I visited Mr. Bones again at Holt Renfrow Department store.  He was wrapped in paper sayings when I saw him this time.

"You have a screw in your sternum"

Mr. Bones is part of a fundraising effort sponsored by Kiehl's and The Canadian AIDS Society.  I took my picture with him earlier this year at Holt Renfrow and wrote a blog post on preparing for PA school while shopping.

Me and Mr. Bones in April 2012

This is one of my favorite posts because I wrote about my son's sternum reconstruction surgery in Norfolk, VA at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters.

If you are interested in pediatric orthopedics, there is a cool video clip in that post of his surgeon, Dr. Robert Kelly doing a pectus carinatum (pigeon chest) corrective surgery, like the surgery my son had.

Owen goes back next month to see Dr. Kelly to determine when they need to do the surgery to take out the steel bar that supports his sternum and ribs.

First anatomy lab

Tomorrow is my first day in the cadaver lab in PA school.  I'm nervous and excited at the same time.

I will pull my blue scrubs out of the drawer and and hope they aren't too tight.  I swore I would burn these scrubs after leaving my microbiology position at the hospital.  But I never got around to it, and now I'm glad.

Anatomy Lab Post Script -- the scrubs fit.

So we had our introductory anatomy lab today.   All went smoothly.  We didn't actually see our group's cadaver yet.  One cohort of our group dissects the back tonight and we get to do our first real lab next Monday.

We learned the ground rules for the lab today and saw the new iPads and dissection videos that the faculty spent the summer preparing for us.  I admire their dedication in making these instructional videos.  I think they will be very helpful in learning the techniques of dissection.

My scrubs did have a mild formaldeyde fragrance when I got home, so I threw them in the laundry.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Positive Predictive Value: the "Truth" of PA School

The positive predictive value (A/A+B)
for me liking PA school is currently at 98%.

So here is a simple chart that we learned on our first day in Pathophysiology class that shows positive and negative predictive values given a % prevalence of a disease relative to the sensitivity and specificity of a test or assay.

So here's my question:

WHY after so many years of being in clinical lab medicine and teaching clinical lab medicine (and being Program Director at two different colleges!) have I never encountered this chart!?!  Interesting....

I find it very interesting and enlightening to re-learn clinical lab science from the other side of the coin, so to speak.  I am learning it now from the ordering side as opposed to the performing or testing side.  It is a very different perspective.  Most informative.  It really makes me see the BIG PICTURE in a way that I did not previously.  Good stuff.

Physician Assistant School

I am only at day three here, so...bear in mind that this COULD (and probably will) change.  I accept that.....maybe.
I still think we (saying my class as a whole) are off to a good start.

So here's to a good start!

  • Classes
  • Students
  • Professors
  • Material
  • My schedule


  • Parking shortage

'Nough said.  Back to organizing and studying.