Whew, this stomach bug really got me today. I'm pretty sure I have food poisoning, but either way it's not fun!! I tried so hard to do what I advise my patients. Fluids and bland diet...can't say I followed orders 100% but I did REST!! Tomorrow will be a better day. I hope. #nponthego#nplife#fnp#physicianassistant#palife#terriblepatient
So while standing in line to check out, an elderly lady was ahead and I couldn’t help but notice the pronounced kyphosis. Looking around I noticed it’s so easy to slouch without a second thought, 🤔 not to mention craning the neck, staring down at our phones. ( def me! 🤦🏾♀️😩)
Poor posture can contribute to headaches, neck and back pain, fatigue, degenerative disease, decreased flexibility, and even digestive issues. Yes, it can be due to conditions beyond our control - congenital, osteoporosis, injuries, trauma, you name it, but also let’s fix what we can. 🤳🏾
Try to implement good posture in everyday activities, at work, driving, studying, and of course with cell phone and computer use. Also, maintaining a healthy weight, stretching, physical activity including core strengthening, and good ergonomics can go a long way. Your spine will thank you later! ✌🏾
Tear Trough Tuesday!
Just honing in on my iMovie skills here.
I want to provide valuable and quality content. It’s a process. 🙏🏼
Stay tuned for this lovely lady’s before and after tomorrow. 🤩
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Over the weekend, COPE Connect members joined Scholars from our winter programs as they networked with health care professionals at our latest Career Panel.
The panel was held at St. Joseph Hospital of Orange and included several notable alumni as well as the Vice President of Operations at COPE Health Solutions, Dr. Elizabeth DuBois:
- Elizabeth Dubois, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, AAHIVS
- Sammy Eghbalieh, MD, RPVI
- Christopher K. Lee, MPH, CPHQ
- Efrain Talamantes, MD, MBA, MSHPM
- Danny Vargas, PA
Topics discussed involved trends in the coordination of care, alternative paths to career goals, the ACA and the challenges of maintaining a work/life balance as a clinician.
Are you an active Health Scholar or alumni who missed this event? Renew your COPE Connect membership and be the first to receive event invitations throughout 2019!
Visit our website under COPE Connect!
Jersey shore Heart Murmurs? Whaaaattt?🥴
❤️ Mitral valve prolapse (MVP): is a type of systolic heart murmur heard best in the apex of the heart. The sound of it is described as “clicking” with a crescendo (S1 C1📶S2). This sound can be increased with the Valsalva Maneuver (straining/standing) and decreased in release/squatting.
🇮🇹REMIXXX: @mikethesituation, @vinnyguadagnino, and @djpaulyd (MVP) are a clique (click sounds) that are always at Club Apex. They beat that beat up while standing (hence crescendo and increased sound when standing). They are also from S1C1-ly📶S2 (Sicily). They eat Valsalva for dinner🍝 (doesn’t that sound like an Italian dish?)!
And there you have it! 🤯 Mitral Valve Prolapse, Jersey Shore style for this fine #textbooktuesday!! #micdrop 🎙
This is my last and second week of my elective rotation!🏥 It has gone by so quickly but I feel like I have learnt years worth of material!🧠.
It was hard to feel like I had a grasp of such a broad spectrum of diseases, hormones and medications in only a week, but I’m starting to feel more comfortable with the basics of endocrinology now that I’ve seen many patients with different presentations of the most common diseases🌟.
Last week I finished pretty late almost every day, so I had a hard time studying at night - however, I feel that my somewhat recent attitude of “everything you get done is progress” instead of “if you haven’t crossed off everything on your list you aren’t doing enough” has been paying off🤓 I feel less overwhelmed than I used to and I feel that I learn easier and better this way!
So now I’m looking forward to the last few days in this service☺️ and I guess the rule of clerkship is that when you start feeling comfortable with something it is already time to move on, right?🤦🏻♀️
2 1182 hours ago
10-Year-Age Challenge from 2009 to 2019! Which twin has changed the most in your opinion?👩🏻⚕️🌺👩🏻💼🌿 check out our story for more pics of the past!
While it was amazing to have a whole week off, it has been so nice to get back in the groove〰️ It was really rough for me after I graduated college. I was still waitressing because I made good money, but I was applying to every job I was remotely qualified for at all the local hospitals, just praying to get in somewhere.
I had moved back in with my parents, and all my college friends had moved on to grad school or back home. My high school friends had drifted, and I was left with no friend group.
Coming from being on a soccer team since I was 5, and then having a really great group of friends and tight knit major in school, this was a huge change for me. I felt lost and lonely and an was missing that close connection for the first time in my life.
And then I found the ER. I found this wonderful place where people were just as weird of me. Where people are just as excited about medicine and helping people as me. Where people are hardworking and badass and no bullshit and care intensely.
I found a place where I fit in and feel loved and feel productive and part of a team. It has been such an amazing experience and I am so grateful that it worked out for me.
The first year has been incredible, I can’t wait to see what year 2 has in store 😝
2 182 hours ago
Medicine cabinet checklist✅. I’m sharing the quintessential list of what to stock in your medicine cabinet so you don’t have to make a dash to the drugstore in the middle of the night!
For example did you know Pepcid isn’t only used to relieve heartburn but also helps if you get an allergic reaction exposure?
Go to www.daintyhostess.com to get the LIST and be prepared. #womeninmedicine
You only get one bladder.... be nice to it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Today we saw a lot of people with bladder complaints so I thought I’d give y’all our “HEALTHY BLADDER HABITS” that we tell patients. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🚨avoid bladder irritants
4. Spicy foods
5. Citrus ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
📝 keep chronic health conditions under control - especially diabetes! High glucose levels can cause urinary frequency and nocturia (nighttime urination) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
✅void every 3-4 hours ⏱
✅drink water 💦
1 73 hours ago
I recently got an opportunity to observe at an outpatient clinic this Thursday and I’m super nervous but excited!! I’m not sure what I should wear or if I should bring anything when I’m come in to observe so if any of you have any advice about observing a health professional please comment below ✨☺️
A lot has happened in (almost) 10 years. I started Med school, got married, and lost my Florida tan! 🏝💍🏥⛰
1 1483 hours ago
Where was I ten years ago? I was a medical student who stumbled upon dermatology towards the latter half of medical school. I was a student who had mediocre grades, barely competitive board scores, and no research in dermatology. I was a girlfriend anxious about my future relationship as my boyfriend was also applying to a competitive specialty. When I told school advisors, program directors, and other students that I was interested in dermatology, I received many looks of doubt and gestures of meek encouragement. Nevertheless, I was determined that one day I would become a dermatologist. I worked my butt off the last 2years of med school, churned through publications, did away rotations at programs I really wanted to train at, and all that hard work paid off as I matched into my number one choice for residency.
Now, 10 years later, I am an assistant profressor and incoming chief of dermatology. I'm happily married to my college sweetheart, and we were able to support each other through medical school and residency training.
I receive a ton of questions from prospective students about how to match into competitive programs. Just remember where there's a will theres' a way. I've done it and so can you. #10yearchallenge#howharddidiagechallenge#youcandothis#assistantprofessor#dermatologist
Let's talk about Water!
How much should you be drinking? Half your bodyweight in oz or a minimum of 75 oz.
Should it be warm or cold? Whichever you prefer
Is it okay if you flavor it? Sometimes, but most of your water should be plain, non carbonated, unflavored water.
What if you don't like the taste of water? Good news, you will not die from the taste of plain water and you can acquire an enjoyment for the taste of plain water.
What if I am not allowed to urinate regularly throughout the day because of work? Drink half of your daily intake of water in the morning and most of your urinating will be done in the next 2 hours. Drink another large quantity of water as you finish up work so that you can urinate when you get home.
What other water excuses do you have?!? 💦Drink 30 oz water within 1 hour of waking up (before your coffee or anything else) and then drink 15 oz water before each meal.
And if you are working towards weight loss, you should drink even more water!
If you ever feel like your life doesn't fit nicely within the parameters of this square (or rectangle), it's okay. It's not meant to. Love y'all. 😊♥️
11 583 hours ago
Today I want to highlight my medical assistants (MA). I’m fortunate to work with some great MAs who have learned to work with different styles each provider brings to the Urgent Care. They don’t JUST get your vitals, they run your labs, urine analysis, strep, flu test, ekg, X-rays etc. If I had to do all that plus evaluate patients I would never have time to listen and treat to my patients accordingly. I think it’s important to take care of your staff and treat them with kindness. You may have seen we have fun at work but we also know when it’s time to focus.
I think it’s great to highlight other professions that you may not know of. In some states a license is required, two of our MAs also have their radiology license to be able to take X-rays. I am so grateful for my MAs they really make my day easier. 👩🏻⚕️💉 #medicalassistant#physicianassistant#womeninmedicine#bloodpressure#urgentcare#radiology#greysanatomy
5 254 hours ago
Tip #1: Know That You Don’t Know .
Our schedule is broken up into modules and every 2-3 weeks we have different systems that we are covering. A fun/interactive part of our general medicine course is the Problem Based Learning (PBL). At the beginning of each module we are given a case scenario and a disease/disorder that corresponds with that particular system. The intent of this activity is to determine if the patient has your disease/ disorder or not based on the information that you have.
Going into this activity I thought I knew everything cause of my past scribing and shadowing experience. Boy was I wrong… After many hours of working on this assignment, I thought I had it but NOPE… I WAS WRONG... Going through this one activity has opened my eyes and helped me realize that I don’t know everything nor will I ever know everything. Medicine is continuously change due to new advancements and as clinicians we need to continuously educate ourselves in these progresses. Also, never be afraid to say “I don’t know”. Seek help/ assistance when you need it. .
P.S. Yes this is me in between class breaks trying to figure out what my patient has.
Disclaimer: This is a student run page. The views and opinions are not of the ULV PA program or University. For any questions or concerns please contact your healthcare provider.
1 574 hours ago
Some days are a lot harder than others. I think when you work in healthcare sometimes it’s difficult to express to someone how hard of a day you’re having. How difficult a case is. Just communicating in general can be tough. I’ve been doing this for 7 years and more often than not, I have to be the one in a conversation that says “Sorry, I’m having/or I had a hard day.. I’m not doing a good job communicating” I think thats because when you take care of people there’s so much responsibility it can take a toll on your mind and heart. It takes a long workout and some patience with myself, and my people, to get back on track... To get my mind straight. I’m grateful for the opportunity and blessing to always be challenged professionally. I’m grateful for all of you that are here at the end of long surgery days❤️ #reconstructivesurgery#thefutureisfemale
Hello there! 👋 I figured I’d reintroduce myself since it’s been AWHILE and I’ve gained SO many amazing new friends on my journey here on this account!! 🙌🏻❤️
⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ▪️I’m Ariana and I’m a current second year PA student at the University of Utah School of Medicine- graduating this August! 😄 🎓
▪️I am currently on my 7th rotation of 12😱 in my clinical year!🥼
▪️In my previous life before PA school I worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist- at an intensive out patient day treatment center with adolescents, as well as on the inpatient psychiatric units for adults and pediatrics for 1.5 years❤️ I also worked as a CNA on an internal medicine unit in a Level 4 Trauma Hospital for just over one year!
▪️I graduated with my Bachelors degree in Psychology 🧠 and minor in Chemistry 🧪 🧬
▪️My passion is inspiring individuals to achieve their dreams by giving them the tools, encouragement and advice they need to succeed! Particularly in the world of medicine: I have been mentoring my entire life and have been involved in leadership roles even since I was young. I have mentored over dozens of pre- PAs along their journey.. and helped dozens GET ACCEPTED!😭❤️. Doesn’t matter what stage of life you are in- high school, college, working super hero mom or dad- I’m HERE FOR YOU! 🙌🏻❤️ so.. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!?😄
▪️Did I mention.. 🚫I DO NOT CHARGE FOR MY HELP!?.. I truly believe in putting in to this world what I want to get out of it 🌍 . Nothing makes me happier than watching OTHERS SUCCEED WITH ME!🎉
▪️I plan to pursue and apply for careers [especially] in neurosurgery, plastics and family medicine upon 👩🎓 graduation. However- I am 💯 % open to more possibilities! I figure whatever is right for me will FIND ME🙏🏻.
If you are curious about my stats on getting into PA school- you can find it ALL in my highlights section.. Study tips, clinicals, advice AND MORE!😘❤️
DM me and say hello! I LOVE meeting new faces and can’t even begin to express the gratitude I feel for this account and the wonderful friendships it has brought me so far!!
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Remember- ANYTHING is attainable. It all starts with believing in YOURSELF. ❤️
16 37316 hours ago
Practice what you preach!
Whatever it may be...
My job is to take care of others. I like to educate & promote a healthy lifestyle...
Would you listen, or take my advice, if I wasn’t taking care of myself properly?
38 24188 hours ago
How Chris asked me to be his wife I’ll never know... 🙈💍
But really. THIS is what young teens looked like when I was one (does anyone else feel like 15 year olds look 21 these days?!). We layered Hollister and American Eagle like no one’s business, spent way too much on hot chocolate from Starbucks, and bought all our favorites from Claire’s (oh, and full eyebrows weren’t a thing back then - but praise the lord thick is cool today) 🙌🏼. “Fitting in” to be “cool” was what it was all about, and looking back I wish I had known what was ACTUALLY going to be cool 10 years from then - TODAY:
CONFIDENCE: being YOU for YOU and owning every strength and flaw you possess is far more rewarding on the inside and far more attractive from the outside.
INDEPENDENCE: I remember I started working at age 15 when all my friends got to take it easy after school. Little did I know how much that work ethic would pay off 10 years later, and how much more the value of a dollar means to me today knowing I didn’t rely on allowance for the things I wanted.
PATIENCE: does anyone else remember wanting so bad to be “all grown up”? The day is here, people, and it’s not as great as our fantasies made it seem. I still have my goals, 5- and 10- year plans, and things I’m so unbelievably excited to experience, but let’s remember: TIME FLIES. It’s okay if the next 10 are taken with a bit more gratitude and attention for the present.
RESPONSIBILITY: having something to care for/about is a privilege. This is a sign you’re doing something RIGHT - you’re trustworthy and careful, traits you should feel proud of.
KINDNESS: bullying was never cool. We’ve all been through it - maybe as the bully, victim, or both at one time or another. Being kind to yourself and others in the face of others’ frustration, doubt, and judgement is a sign of strength and courage. Do it, even when it pains you.
So there you have it - ⚡️MY 10 year transformation⚡️, and I’m so freaking grateful for it. Growth is a funny thing: we don’t even know it’s happening until we reflect a decade back and see how far we’ve come. Curious and excited for the next 10! 🙌🏼
29 22745 hours ago
In life and in medicine you can never predict how things will unfold. This month a legendary Cedars-Sinai Internist, who has been a mentor to me, unfortunately had to retire. He invited me to his home to have dinner with him and his family, and he asked me if I would be willing to take on all of his patients.
I told him that of course I would honored to do so and that I just hope I can live up to his clinical ability, his care, and his faith in me.
In order to accommodate his patients, I have doubled my staff, and will now be accepting Medicare in my office. You never know what turns life will take, and while extremely bittersweet, I am excited to take on this new chapter and get to know so many amazing new patients and their families.
Smiling through the pain of studying for boards 😬
What are you studying for? 📚💭
💫I want to remember this absolutely surreal, beautiful blur of a day forever!! So many feelings as I crossed off some crazy firsts: first patient assigned to me as a nurse practitioner, first orders put under my own name and license, and first procedure (a bronchoscopy!!). 🌪
🔥I’m over the moon excited to be in this profession and a crazy amount of thankful for this moment in time! ❤️
Had the honor of attending a talk given by the amazing @shanny_do
It was refreshing getting to step outside of the library and listen to stories shared and advice about mental health, self awareness, and the path to becoming a physician. Thank you for sharing with us!