PAblr of the Month: PA-C


July’s PAblr of the month (and just in time, too!) is pa-c. I decided to nominate her because her blog cracks me up with her all-too-relatable scenarios and appropriate GIF usage, and I was interested in knowing a little more about her. I was pleasantly surprised to see there’s more to the PA behind the GIFs… plus I got some pretty great drink ideas from her answers. ;) She is a physician assistant who was working in an urgent care, but has recently branched out into the world of family medicine. Check out her interview below and then mosey on over to her blog… I guarantee that you’ll enjoy it.

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31 Ways to Challenge Yourself Everyday

  1. Do a crossword puzzle: Sitting down with a crossword is a really smart way to encourage your brain to get thinking. You can find crossword puzzle apps for a quick fix, or do the one found in your local paper. Just remember they start out easy and get tougher during the week!
  2. Listen to the news in a different language: Instead of watching your regular news, turn to a foreign channel to find out what’s breaking. Your brain will be stimulated while listening to something different.
  3. Use your opposite hand: For a quick boost, try using your opposite hand while brushing your teeth or eating breakfast.
  4. Take the stairs: Give your body a shot of energy, and take the stairs. Just the basic coordination of walking up or down a flight of stairs gets your brain thinking.
  5. Have a conversation IRL instead of texting: Having a conversation is a skill, and doing it in person as often as possible encourages personal development and conversational skills. So stop texting, and have a real chat.
  6. Talk with a stranger: Along with talking to your favorite people, start up a conversation while waiting in line. You might feel a bit awkward at first, but chatting with people around you creates connections and builds your self-confidence.
  7. Take a picture every day: Encourage your creativity, and take a picture every day. From a quick snap of your commute to an artful picture of the sunset, challenging yourself to take one picture daily reminds you of all the things you’re grateful for.
  8. Give yourself an honest compliment: Look at yourself in the mirror, and say something nice. It’s a great way to build your confidence and develop inner happiness.
  9. Give someone you know an honest compliment: Just like complimenting yourself, give a friend some solid positive praise. You’ll feel great — and so will someone else.
  10. Cook one meal daily: Even if you aren’t a master chef, cooking one meal daily is a great way to try something different and learn new skills.
  11. Draw a picture: Next time you find yourself with nothing to do, grab a pencil and start doodling. Sketch something you see around you, or create a unique logo for yourself.Drawing encourages the lesser-used right side of the brain, keeping things balanced in your noggin.
  12. Read a book: When’s the last time you took the time to read a book? Reading for fun keeps your head sharp — and gives your imagination a chance to have some fun.
  13. Put down your phone: Yes, we all love our phones, but putting it down gives your brain a break. When you find yourself reaching for your phone to kill time or if you’re feeling uncomfortable when in the elevator with others, stop checking for texts, put down your phone, and make conversation with others.
  14. Make eye contact while walking on the street: OK, if you’re walking and looking at your phone, you really need to stash it away! Instead of potentially running into someone, make eye contact while walking on the street. And, hey, a smile doesn’t hurt either.
  15. Write in a journal: Keeping a daily journal is a great way to keep track of accomplishments and document frustrations. Writing is a great challenge for your brain and helps keeps your mental state in a good way.
  16. Answer questions honestly: Yes, we all tell white lies here and there, but telling the truth is a quality we should all strive for.
  17. Don’t complain: Ranting and raving about stuff builds drama and is also a sign of weakness. Instead of sharing complaints with others, write them down. You’ll feel instantly better without being labeled as a downer.
  18. Set a daily goal: From drinking eight glasses of water to striking up a conversation with your crush, set a goal for yourself daily and reach for it. You’ll feel awesome once you have accomplished it!
  19. Do things by hand: We have so many shortcuts that make our lives easier, but doing things by hand, such as fixing a busted hem or ironing, keeps your brain active in a way it might not be used to. And you might pick up a new skill or two!
  20. Push yourself harder: Yesterday you hit your daily goal, so today push yourself a little bit harder.
  21. Get over one fear: Afraid of spiders? Spend some time researching the little critters, and get over your fear. Being brave is awesome.
  22. Smile even if you’re not feeling it: Smiling actually releases endorphins that instantly elevate your mood. And learning how to turn that frown upside down is a great skill.
  23. Quit a bad habit: Bite your nails? Still sneaking smokes? Quitting a bad habit is a true challenge for your brain.
  24. Study something you’re interested in: Always intrigued with ancient Rome? Dedicate a certain amount of time daily or weekly to study a topic of intrigue.
  25. Tackle chores: No one wants to tackle chores first thing in the morning, but if you take care of one item on your to-do list first thing, you’ll have more time to relax at the end of the day.
  26. Walk the line: Really, literally. Balancing is great for mind-body connection and coordination, so walk the line of the sidewalk or balance along the curb, and you’re boosting your brain.
  27. Meditate: Spending some time on your own meditating is a smart way to give your brain a break and recharge.
  28. Play a board game with friends: Board games are anything but boring when you play with friends. And getting together to play is a social way to keep your brain active and have fun.
  29. Play an instrument: Learning how to play an instrument or making time to play one you love hones your hand-eye coordination and relieves stress. And playing and listening to music actually stimulates your brain and increases memory.
  30. Turn off the TV: That’s right. Turn off the TV, and get outdoors. Television is totally entertaining, but watching hours upon hours turns brains into mush. Challenge yourself to watch less television and read more — or invite your friends over for an exciting game of Pictionary.
  31. Exercise: Along with staying physically fit, working out is a stimulating way to keep your brain in shape. Commit to a weekly workout plan, and you’ll love the results.

Day 3: 5 Skills Every Workplace Leader Needs

1.) Evaluate the Business Environment

2.) Managing Projects Effectively

3.) Cultivating Strategic Thinking and Innovation

4.) Managing Change and Uncertainty

5.) Shaping your Organization’s Future

Health workers are trying to convince parents to give children the polio vaccine, but the program faces violent opposition. Harvard researchers polled the parents. They were surprised by the results.

"There have been health worker attacks, and there have been bans on polio campaigns for two years now," says Sherine Guirguis of UNICEF, a co-sponsor of the vaccine poll. “So there’s this climate that we’re working in.”

Strangers showing up at your door isn’t the only hurdle to getting children vaccinated. In Pakistan, the Taliban threaten to kill parents who immunize their kids. More than 60 vaccinators have already.

And it’s not just in the regions controlled by the Taliban. Rumors about the vaccine are common across Pakistan, the Harvard poll found.

"The vaccine is not halal, for example," Guirguis says. "Or that it’s not made with ingredients that they feel comfortable with."

There’s also the belief that the vaccine is a Western plot to sterilize Muslim children, or worse, that the vaccine gives kids AIDS.

And yet, for all of these obstacles, when vaccinators can get to homes in the FATA region, parents there are cooperating. The poll found that among parents who confirmed that a vaccinator came to their door, 95 percent said their child did get the vaccine.

40 Ways to Stay Creative:

Question: Which one(s) of these have been most helpful to you in the past?

1.) Create and inspiration board

2.) Get out more!

3.) Sketch more

4.) Experiment

5.) Socialize

6.) Keep up with trends

7.) Learn a new skill

8.) Read books

9.) Use sticky notes

10.) Break your routine

11.) Be around creative people

12.) Spy on the competition

13.) Visit exhibitions

14.) Collaborate with others

15.) Travel!

16.) Get a new hobby

17.) Challenge yourself

18.) Make lists!

19.) Meditate

20.) Get feedback from peers

21.) Listen to Music

22.) Watch films

23.) Take risks!

24.) Write stuff down

25.) Declutter your workspace

26.) Love what you do

27.) Finish projects

28.) Visits museums and galleries

29.) Keep a dream diary

30.) Have sex!

31.) Take naps

32.) Watch motivational speeches

33.) Go to the theater

34.) Practice!

35.) Eat different cuisine

36.) Stop comparing yourself to others

37.) Question things!

38.) Turn off distractions

39.) Let go of fear

40.) Be curious

My question is, should the training for ALL healthcare providers be overhauled?


We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn’t meet the nation’s health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.

Despite a growing public investment in graduate medical education, there are persistent problems. They include uneven geographic distribution of physicians, too many specialists and not enough primary care providers, and a lack of cultural diversity in the physician workforce, the report found.

Not only that, the authors note, “a variety of surveys indicate that recently trained physicians in some specialties cannot perform simple procedures often required in office-based practice and lack sufficient training and experience in care coordination, team-based care and quality improvement.”

Series Time: Infographics

I’ve decided to be obessed with infographics recently, they are an appealingly visual way to see data, of all different subjects. 

Unleash: 7 days of Infographics


Anonymous asked:

how do you use your ipad to help you study?




I’m sorry this took so long to answer, but I wanted to do it properly and it’s a hard question. But here we go!!


I have my 8tracks app so I can listen to good studying playlist while I’m writing papers for uni, etc. It makes those thing more bearable!! And I also use Podcasts a lot, because english is not my first language and it helps me improve my pronunciation while I learn something interesting!! 

Secondly, I have my documents apps, I use dropbox to share and save all the documents I need for uni. But my favorite one is pdf notes, it allows you to save in your iPad all your pdf documents, you can organize them in different folders and this is how it looks: 

In the circle you can see all the categories, and in the background, you can see my histology class slides. I carry them here because that way I don’t need to print them so I save lots of money in that aspect, and when I’m studying I can complete my notes looking at them, without getting lost in piles of notes and papers. I also use this app to carry medical textbooks in pdf format, which is SO helpful, because I don’t have to go with a heavy bag full of books to uni, and it’s way cheaper

Then I have this HUGE bunch of medical apps, but the one I use most are the ones in the circle. 3D 4 Medical apps are simply gorgeous, they’re functional, accurate, helpful and a great resource. Essential Anatomy has been the key for me in this term’s anatomy! Also, you have the most HELPFUL app to study the skull, really I can’t praise it enough. I couldn’t put my hands on a skull at the beginning of this term, so I studied with this one and believe me, the results were magnificent! Here you have it: Skull Viewer

As you can see, there are other apps helpful for medicine students, such as Sobotta’s anatomy atlasbut it’s pretty expensive and the free one doesn’t have many features so, um, yeah, just go to the library and get the book; There’s also spinning brain, pretty good to study the brain! Well, you get the idea, just typing medicine in your iPad you’ll get lots of suggestions, but these are the ones I use most. Just try them and see which ones you find useful!! 

I use a lot this writing tools: Pages for iPad. It wasn’t free when I got my iPad, but I think the new iPad models have it incorporated? I find this app pretty useful because I write a lot, and since I have pages in my laptop too, I have all my documents synchronized and I can finish things in uni without having to carry my laptop everywhere! I don’t use it to take note, because I’m a very “pencil and paper” person, but I have classmates who use it for that, and they say it saves them lots of times! So you have another idea there! Also, Textilus allows you to write and edit documents in a lot of formats, so it’s really helpful. Keynote is another apple app, which is pretty similar to power point, but, you know, made by apple. I have it synchronized with my laptop too, so I use it to create and edit the presentations I have to give in uni (which are a lot, son). I have FREE apps, such as MindMeister or Inspiration to create mind maps, and MindTools to learn about team work, management and those things (this one is quite interesting, check it!!) 

If you didn’t know about these apps, you’re going to hear about them now because they are my absolute favorites!!!!! TED is famous program which brings creative and inspirational people to give talks, and believe me, you can learn so much from listening to these talks, I can’t even begin to describe it! It’s not something you’d find “useful” for uni, but knowledge doesn’t end there!! And Coursera is such a great organization! I learnt about it thanks to a friend, and it’s amazing: you get to enroll in professional courses about a wide variety of interesting topics for FREE. Yes, my friend, for free. If you pay a minimum sum you can get an official certificate, but if you are just interested in learning, this is your place! I took a course in Medical Neuroscience and I learnt so much!! (And it’s going to be really useful when I start neuroanatomy next year) 

Finally, I have the famous Microsoft apps to work in this format from my iPad, which is really helpful when you work with people that work with this format: OneNoteWordPowerPointExcel

I also use my iPad when I need to do research at uni, but of all the apps I mentioned, I would say that pdf notes is the most useful one for me. 

Hope this helped!!! 

My art background is made by the lovely inchellsI’m a huge hobbit and Sherlock fan, what can I do

For those of you with iPads!

PA School Interview Attire Advice


I was inspired by this post to offer specific input on what women should be wearing to their PA school interviews. My advice may be on the conservative side, but trust me… so are most adcoms (I actually think my advice is LESS conservative than the advice out there for medical school interviews).

Our school has a relatively strict dress code for students, and I saw several women come for interviews that managed to break multiple rules… along with some who just seemed to ignore common concepts of professionalism. Because you may not be familiar with the school and the faculty, it’s always better to play it safe. This isn’t about you showing them your individual, unique personality… it’s about showing them you can be a medical professional. It is also your chance to show them that you belong at their school, so you should walk in looking like you already do!

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