I worked as a physician assistant (PA) in family medicine for 3 years prior to becoming a dermatology PA. Dermatology was always my ultimate goal, but I wanted to broaden my knowledge in general medicine before specializing. I thought that family medicine would be a good way to do that, and it absolutely was! And now that I am working in dermatology I can reflect on how it prepared me for this specialty as well.
Glycolic acid is an AHA (alpha hydroxy acid) that is used for gentle exfoliation of the skin surface. It’s derived from cane sugar. It works by breaking down the cohesiveness of the outermost layer of skin, the stratum corneum, to reveal a newer and healthier skin layer that is smooth and more evenly toned.
As promised I wanted to write a post about my experience from the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) that I attended while in college, currently known as Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).
This post is for those who are considering a job in family medicine straight out of PA school. I started my first job 3 years ago in family medicine. I spent one year at the first practice, and I have been at my current practice in family medicine for 2 years.
I have very sensitive teeth. I once got them "professionally" whitened (at the mall) and I had to stop halfway through! Lately Crest Whitening strips have been my go-to product. Unfortunately, I even get sharp pain using these at home strips, and I have to space them out to every few days.
Word on the street is that CASPA opens up in a few days! I’m feeling really old because I submitted my applications back in 2011, so I couldn’t tell you much about CASPA. I do want to help pre-PAs in any way I can though, and writing has always been my forte. So I am going to give some advice about the personal statement.
So let me preface by saying I really did not know what hyaluronic acid was until pretty recently. And the name definitely fooled me. I have been using acid peels on my face, such as glycolic acid and salicylic acid.
I recently did an Q&A for @meghaninmedicine 's blog. I explain how I learned about the PA profession and why I became a PA. I also describe what it's like working in family medicine, specifically what I like and dislike about it.
I recently was snooping around my little sister’s products, and I saw Differin gel, which I always knew to be a prescription-only acne medication. I assumed she saw a dermatologist who prescribed it to her. But she told me that she purchased it at Target!
Most young adults avoid going to the doctor's office. We feel that we simply don't have enough time. Or we assume our ailments will subside on their own. Google and WebMD are reasonable alternatives, right?
Oral contraceptive pills, more commonly known as birth control pills, are a widely used and very effective way to prevent pregnancy. They work by preventing ovulation, which is the time during your cycle when a mature egg is released from the ovary and made available to become fertilized.
Microdermabrasion is a skin resurfacing procedure typically done in a medical office or spa. It’s commonly used to reduce the appearance of acne scarring, skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles, and to reduce blackheads and enlarged pores.
Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who practice medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This includes obtaining a patient’s medical history, performing physical exams, ordering and interpreting laboratory tests and diagnostic imaging, diagnosing, and treating.
Let me start off by saying I didn’t go into PA school thinking that I would work in family medicine. I even purchased a cheaper stethoscope with the thought that I wouldn’t use it once I graduated (it’s the same stethoscope I use now).
One thing I am a bit obsessed with is skin care. I'm always trying to find out how to get rid of acne and scarring, and improve skin texture and overall complexion. Medicated face washes can help. Face washes containing salicyclic acid, glycolic acid, etc. are great, but they need to stay on the skin longer than just a few seconds to really get results.