What is Life in the ER Really Like?

I’ve worked as an ER scribe for a little over two months. I’m often asked, “How’s the job going?” or “What’s it like in the ER?” I usually rattle off an interesting story, or talk about how difficult and stressful the job can be at times (it is getting easier though).

But no matter what I say, it’s difficult to truly capture what working in the ER is like. It’s a completely different world. It’s a world I’ve never been exposed to. I’m only just beginning to understand how things work, and why things are the way they are.

A post over at ER Stories has helped me understand much of what I’ve been seeing. The author describes life from the perspective of an ER doctor, and it is an amazing description. It’s long but worth reading. Here’s a quote:

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Find a mentor. Now.

Good will hunting

I just watched Good Will Hunting. What a great movie. Will Hunting is a troubled young genius in need of some direction in his life. Who to turn to in such a time of need? Robin Williams of course!

Maybe some of you can relate to the burden of superior brainpower and the subsequent need for guidance. Maybe you can’t read/memorize books in a few minutes like Will, but hey, you want to be a doctor so you must have something up there. Which brings to the best advice you’ll ever hear from me.
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Physician Assistant (PA) Programs / Schools in New York

Looking for help applying to PA school? Check out this book: Getting Into the Physician Assistant School of Your Choice

There are 18 (!) Physician Assistant (PA) programs in the state of New York. Here is a list in alphabetical order.  Learn about each program by clicking on these links about each PA program in New York:

Albany Medical College Physician Assistant Program: Masters

CUNY York College Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors

DYouville College Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors, Masters

Daemen College Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors, Masters

Hofstra University Physician Assistant Program: Certificate, Bachelors

Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program: Masters

Long Island University Physician Assistant Program: Certificate, Bachelors

Mercy College Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors, Masters

New York Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program: Masters

Pace University Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Program: Certificate, Masters

Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors

SUNY/Downstate Medical Center Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors

St John’s University Physician Assistant Program
: Certificate, Bachelors

Stony Brook University SUNY Physician Assistant Program: Masters

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Physician Assistant Program: Certificate, Bachelors

Touro College Physician Assistant Program: Bachelors

Wagner College/Staten Island University Hospital Physician Assistant Program: Certificate, Bachelors, Masters

Weill Cornell Medical College Physician Assistant Program: Certificate

Good Luck!