Hi Everyone!! As the year keeps moving along, more and more are completing some really interesting observerships. Read about Rachel's LP working with an oncologist over her Christmas break!
What LP did you do?
How did you go about contacting and arranging the LP?
I got an email address of a physician from the PA program office, then emailed that physician to make arrangements for me to do the LP.
What were the two main things you learned from this LP?
I learned a lot about chronic lymphocytic leukemia; I was told by the physician to go home after the first day and read up on it because we had patients the next day who had this.
I also learned how to do a history and lymph exam on patients; it was really interesting to learn these 2 skills in a real life setting.
What did you wish you knew to help you in your LP?
It would have been helpful to know what types of patients we would be seeing on the first day so that I could have prepared and read up on the type of cancers they had beforehand (which is what I did for the second day). I should have asked the physician prior to starting.
How has this experience helped you clinically, in class and/or in career decision making?
Clinically this placement really helped me prepare for seeing real patients on my own. I gained a lot of confidence doing this. It also helped me with having to talk about tough topics, like the patient’s prognosis.
This LP also solidified my career interests of working as a PA in oncology.
Any other comments?
Another thing that I got to see was how useful a PA is to a busy physician and how much work we can take off their hands, giving them more time.