Being a Physician Assistant #9: Not Always Seeing the Rewards of Your Efforts

October 8, 2011 in PA Pals, Prospective PAs

This is the ninth post of a series to help you learn more about the physician assistant profession. My goal? Not to merely echo what you've already heard, but to delve deeper, so you can truly get a taste of what it means to be a physician assistant! If you'd like to start from the beginning, you can read the introductory post by clicking here.

There are many occupations where you see the rewards of your labors immediately. Medicine is oftentimes not one of them. Don't ge me wrong. It's rather rewarding to help a child with asthma breathe better or to relieve a young woman's severe migraine pain, even before she's left the office :) However, in several areas where we can have some of our greatest impact on society, the rewards are often imperceptible. What do I mean? Well, ours is the business of not wanting a lot of business.

Much of what we do, and what we should be doing better I might add, is… THERE'S MORE! Read the rest of this post for FREE! Register for a FREE account by clicking here. If you already have an account, log in by clicking here.

5 responses to Being a Physician Assistant #9: Not Always Seeing the Rewards of Your Efforts

  1. Amen! I agree with everything, and really enjoy preventative medicine. We can’t ever forget how important it is, even without the thanks.

  2. I think that another thing to keep in mind is that as a PA you can put someone on the path to better health. A patient will probably come back to you less and less, and eventually may not even return to the clinic. Hopefully, they were able to mitigate a problem that was affecting them poorly and this change allowed them to move forward to do the things they want to do. In my mind, it would be wonderful that someone didn’t return because you did your job well!

    For you clinical PAs, do you ever call a patient yourself to see how they are doing if you haven’t seen them for a while?

    • @mcherry I would call patients if I hadn’t seen them in a while. In the family medicine arena, you have an opportunity to develop great relationships with patients and it’s natural for you to want to see how they’re doing if you haven’t seen them for a while, especially if they’ve missed planned follow ups.

  3. I believe, with the little things we do, we can be miracles to patients. Deeply.

    (Excuse the 12 second intro…)

  4. I’m so glad you took the time to share this with us. I agree with all these points and find myself even more excited to begin my journey. I especially enjoyed the preventative medicine aspect; testimonials are always encouraging but sometimes we forget that the little things we do can nullify the need for much larger intervention.

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