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Resources to recommend to a parent after making the diagnosis of ADHD

Noah is a second grader who you recently diagnosed with ADHD combined type.  His parents are educated and involved parents and have questions about treatment options for Noah.  They have hesitation about starting on medication and worry about the short term and long term.  In addition, they wonder what resources are available to assist with

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Macular, Papular, Lichenified, Oh My, or Why, Oh, Why?

Diagnosing the “Mysterious Red Rash” is…frustrating, challenging, invigorating, discouraging, bottom line…difficult. With over 3000 different dermatologic diagnoses, and more than 50% of patients with these conditions presenting first to primary care, it is an important skill to prioritize for any health care provider (1). Primary care clinicians often feel inadequately prepared to deal with dermatologic

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Did you know that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month?

While you’re not likely to see an overwhelming number of t-shirts, scarves, and socks in teal and white (the color for Cervical Health Awareness Month), there are some interesting and important facts about cervical cancer screening that may be useful for your practice. Over 99% of cervical cancers in the United States are caused by

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Did you know that January is Cervical Health Awareness Month?

While you’re not likely to see an overwhelming number of t-shirts, scarves, and socks in teal and white (the color for Cervical Health Awareness Month), there are some interesting and important facts about cervical cancer screening that may be useful for your practice. Over 99% of cervical cancers in the United States are caused by

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Can Stress Kill?

Ms. X was a was healthy 51-year-old female when she died. She reported being “very busy” all the time taking care of a household. She was taking care of her three grown children who had moved back in with her along with her grandchildren and her husband while working a full-time job. The morning of

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Introducing the new GAPA logo

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GA-PCOM Class of 2020 Celebrates PA Week

Meet the PA Class of 2020 GA PCOM   We had a busy and fun-filled PA week here at Georgia PCOM! Monday– History and Physical written Exam We shared a class video introducing our students to the campus on the school’s social media accounts (@ga_pcom on Instagram) Tuesday- Greek yogurt parfait bar and coffee before

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Mercer University – PA Week 2018 Recap

PA Week is in full swing, and Mercer University students have undertaken several unique opportunities to advance awareness for the PA profession, positively impact the local community, and have lots of fun in the process!  Here on our Atlanta campus, creative students have decorated the halls, classroom, professor’s offices, and even study rooms to make

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The Emergency Medicine Mindset

Emergency medicine is difficult. We are presented with incomplete information filled with variables.  We are asked to balance risk verses benefits in every encounter, where, if wrong, a patient can die.  It’s a tremendous responsibility.  I love it! A mindset that is needed in emergency medicine is to think of the diagnosis first.  A patient

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Stopping the Sickle Cycle

When I was in PA school  in 1977 I was taught that the life expectancy for a sickle cell disease patient was mid teens. I knew this was a genetic hemoglobin issue, one amino acid out of place in the beta globin protein chain, but I had no idea how far we come in 40

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