What LP did you do?
Of the 4 LPs I completed this year, my Hospitalist LP in Sault Ste. Marie, ON sticks out the most and was probably the biggest learning experience clinically that I had this year.
How did you go about contacting and arranging the LP?
I arranged this LP through the Sault Area Hospital (SAH) and Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) coordinators. They were happy to have me complete a longitudinal placement within their facility.
What were the two main things you learned from this LP?
There were many experiences I had while working with the Hospitalist team at the SAH. Two of those experiences that are at the top of the list would have to be:
1. Seeing how the multidisciplinary teams work together to accomplish the task of getting patients back into the community with the proper support networks.
2. How to successfully navigate and work in a hospital.
How has this experience helped you clinically, in class and/or in career decision making?
I was able to see how social work, OT, PT, nurses and physicians go about treatment plan goals and discharging the patient. While being with the Hospitalist team, I was permitted to see patients on the wards, in the ER and in the Psychiatric areas of the hospital. Working with this type of team enabled me to see different areas of the hospital as well as become familiar with computer systems and proper documentation of patient encounters.
I completed two rotations with the Hospitalist team in SSM: one during Christmas and the other during March break. Although I had very limited training for my Christmas rotation, and months later in March I still lacked certain medical knowledge, these placements made me realize how valuable Problem Based Learning (PBL) is for continuing to develop your skill set as a PA. PBL gave me the tools to efficiently and effectively research specific medical topics as they pertained to the patients with which I was interacting which facilitated and maximized my learning experience.