Thursday, March 25, 2010

I hate anatomy.

That is all.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Anesthesiologists: Are they using their own gas?

Maybe it's that more anesthesiologists visit The Underwear Drawer that other specialities, but it seems none of them know the role of PAs. The only people that have said unintentionally (or intentionally) disrespectful things about the PA have been anesthesiologist. What gives?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I just had a really funny moment. I had commented on The Underwear Drawer about what the role of a Physician Assistant was. You know, a professional one with a high level of training. One where there actually is a certain degree of autonomy, regardless of what the title implies.

An anesthesiologist (not the author) commented back that a PA is "no where close to being a physician and never will be." I literally laughed out loud at that. It's just such an obviously moronic comment. This is a typical example of someone who thinks that just because he went to medical school only he knows all the magic words. Guess what pal, patients are coming into office speaking accurate medical-ese. You do not have to go to medical school in order to be intelligent in a subject. In fact, I bet there are people who have gone to medical school that are totally moronic about what they're supposedly an expert of.

I think someone is a little bitter that they're never really the head of the OR, and never will be. It's okay, he can trounce on the mid-levelers all he wants. It's not going to stop me from getting a job and being happy. It will however make his life harder having a few less people willing to help him out. I hope someone points out to him that he's not the puppet master. There are no orders he can write that I have to carry out.

Humility shows wisdom.
Karma's a bitch.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Landlord Underestimates Me

I told my landlord that our washer is leaking. He responded that he's having a stress test done tomorrow (s/p MI 3 mos ago) and that he needs a couple days of rest afterwards. He's going to get back to me next week.

Who does he think he's kidding? I know perfectly well that you don't need a few days rest after a 20 minutes treadmill workout. Clearly he doesn't take the PA profession seriously.

I also need to start caring about school again. I've been slacking majorly since starting this semester. I don't care about having high grades just like the faculty has stressed to us. But failing your oral presentation because you were too lackadaisical is totally unacceptable. And that OB/GYN test was an eye opener too. However, I did end up passing it.

New leaf turned.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Ban on Gay Blood

A classmate's family member is working on a PSA to have the ban on gay men donating blood lifted. Classmate asked if anyone in the class wanted to be a part of this effort. Being one of the two gay males in class I felt I had to give this especially close consideration.

After thinking about it I've decided that I don't support this. Whether we like it or not gay men are a high risk group of carrying HIV. It's the FDA's job to protect the integrity of the blood bank resources, which includes using effective screening protocols. It's not as if gay men are the only people denied this option. If anything, I believe that there are groups of people that are less likely to have AIDS that are also banned.

I'm a man of science and statistics. I would be doing a disservice to my patients to be basing medical decisions often off statistics, yet saying statistics shouldn't be used as a screening tool because of it being "stereotypical." I've said for a long time that stereotypes don't come from no where. There is often a statistical correlation to back them up. I stand by my word.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

So much for OB/GYN

While we're on the topic of not knowing female anatomy, I also don't seem to know much in the ways of female medicine.

OB/GYN, I think not...