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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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Update on Warts

Warts are a problem faced by many individuals, it is one of the more common complaints I address in my clinical practice.  What is a wart for starters?  Well a wart is virus that is contracted from person to person.  There are several types of warts seen in the human population most have no long

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The Entero-Endocrine System

What organ has the greatest impact on overall health and chronic illness?  Here’s a hint—it’s NOT the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys OR (despite the beliefs of many) the gonads.   The true “Alpha-organ” is the gut! More is being learned about the gastrointestinal (GI) system and its influence on our health and disease risk.  We now

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Outsmarting AFib with a Smartphone

Phillip is a 55 year old male who was seen in the ED 2 weeks ago for a rapid heart rate. He was diagnosed with new onset atrial fibrillation with a rapid ventricular response of 120. Since he could pin point the time when it began and it was within 10 hours, and he had

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Acne Update

Acne is one of the most common diagnoses I deal with on a daily basis. There are a lot of acne recommendations utilizing over the counter(OTC) therapies, as well as prescription medications. The course of discussion for this post is going to understanding the causes and science of the development of acne. This will help

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Iron Deficient Anemia??

John is a 40 year old male who was referred to GI medicine for colonoscopy by his primary care provider because of persistent microcytic anemia that did not correct with iron supplementation. The PCP was worried about occult GI bleeding  from a colon cancer despite a negative FOB test. The following is John’s lab slip

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