Commentary on “What a doctor is good for”

When Dr. David Loxterkamp’s BMJ article “What a doctor is good for” drew caustic comments from a couple of British physicians, as a practicing Physician Assistant I felt the need to respond.

Interested readers can access my commentary here.

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The Art of Medicine: Selling yourself in primary care

As clinicians in primary care, much of our success depends directly upon how we relate to the patient. In most instances these relationships are built slowly over time. It is much more difficult to garner complete trust at the initial clinical encounter — difficult, but not impossible. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — Selling yourself in primary care — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

The Art of Medicine — Something old, something new

It isn’t easy shifting gears at age 60. I always thought I would finish out my last few years in the pediatric practice I had helped to grow 20 years ago. But fate dealt me a different hand. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — Something old, something new — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

The Art of Medicine — After 20 years

I sit at my desk and allow my eyes to drift down over the list of patients I saw today, the last day on a job I have held for 20 years in a pediatric practice I helped to create. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — After 20 years: Leaving a pediatric practice — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

The Art of Medicine: Conversation at eventide

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. —Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

This late summer Sunday is wafting to a close. Soon the white puffy clouds drifting across the blue sky will turn to dark inkblots against an azure background. Soon the light will fade; soon the insect orchestra will begin its nocturnal prelude. Soon the heat of the day will give way to the coolness of eventide. more»

Interested readers can now access my latest Art of Medicine column — Conversation at eventide — recently published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Please note that all of my previously published Humane Medicine pieces can now be accessed here.

We’ve come a long way, baby!

PA: a post-modern acronym devised to denote a select group of highly trained top-notch healthcare professionals groomed to provide state-of-the-art compassionate care in collaboration with practicing physicians, upholding the vision to restore the practice of medicine to its prior place of unselfish service to humankind.

The January 2012 issue of AAP News (Volume 33, No. 1) carries a front-page article about PAs as key members of the team model of care in pediatric offices.  Chris Barry, PA-C, is highlighted as the medical liaison from the AAPA to the AAP.  Jack Percelay, M.D., AAP liaison to the Accreditation Review Commission of Education for the Physician Assistant, describes PAs as having “a collaborative working relationship with physicians.”

Like their pediatric patients, PAs have demonstrated tremendous growth and development over the past three decades.  As bona fide clinicians now recognized and welcomed by the American Academy of Pediatrics, we’ve come a long way, baby.  more»

Semper Paratus

In the United States we are faced with a shortage of primary care physicians, but fewer medical school graduates elect a career in primary care. Have the members of any Washington think tank seriously considered the role of generically trained physician assistants in this equation?  more»

Interested readers can examine my thoughts on this issue in my latest Musings blog post newly published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.