A career in medicine is one of the most rewarding careers you can have. Medicine was always a desire of mine, and deciding to become a Physician Assistant was the best thing I could have ever done. I assess patient health by performing physical exams, ordering labs, accurately diagnosing patients, prescribing treatment and monitoring follow up care. PAs in general, exercise considerable autonomy when it comes to diagnosing and treating patients. At Metro Immediate and Primary Care, even with this autonomy, it is comforting to know I have a qualified and knowledgeable physician working with me in case I need some guidance on a really tough case.
Here at MIPC, there is never a dull moment. Having urgent and primary care combined in one, allows for an unpredictable workday. I can diagnose a case of Strep Pharyngitis in one patient and observe a broken thumb in the next. The workday is filled with variety, which in turn, keeps me well rounded. Each patient is different from the next and, thus, requires distinctive care. I really enjoy the spontaneity and the diverse patient population I see on a day-to-day basis.
My day usually begins at 9:30 AM. After arriving, I log into the electronic medical record (EMR) and review clinical tasks. This involves reading results of lab and imaging studies I have ordered on my patients from previous workdays. At around 10am, I start seeing patients and begin the hectic patient load for the day. Metro Physicians and PAs can see anywhere from 50-70 patients per day. At some point, I make time for a quick lunch, but then it’s back to work until my shift is over.
Nothing is more rewarding than being a part of a highly motivated team pulling for the same goal. The medical assistants, phlebotomists, x-ray technicians, physician assistants, and doctors, all work as one cohesive unit. The workday seems to fly by when you enjoy the team you work with. The mutual respect and team effort I’ve experienced at MIPC really make those stressful days a lot easier to handle.
Every so often I meet patients who aren’t familiar with the PA profession. Some may not be comfortable with having this unknown type of provider in charge of their care. It is these patients whom I experience the most joy with. By the end of the visit, they are smiling, appreciative, and eager to see a PA for their next visit. In educating and changing their view on my profession, I get to remind myself why I became a PA.