Join us as we talk about professional medical careers and topics! Our episodes focus on the path to medical (MD) and physician associate (PA) school, gaining and learning from hands-on patient experience, and understanding expectations on the partner/provider side. We speak with some of the smartest people in the room regarding medical/PA school admissions, patient-facing staffing, and current trends in the field, so tune in today!
CapYear Cast - Ashley Hughes, MSPAS, PA-C
Today on the CapYear Cast, we are joined by Ashely Hughes, MSPAS, PA-C. Ashley is the Program Director for Bryant University's Master in Physician Associate Studies program, and she was kind enough to share her time and her insights with us. In this brief interview, Ashley talks about what a competitive program like Bryant's looks for in an aspiring applicant. Besides the undergraduate must-do's like advanced course work and solid a GPA, she discusses several ways for candidates to stand out. For instance, gap years spent gaining patient-facing hours, demonstrating an ability to balance work and school, PA-shadowing, and even tips for how to make your essay stand out. All in all, it's a must-listen for current and future PA-school applicants!
Teaching Clinical Skills and Mentoring Future Generations with Dr. Bruce Glassman
Today on the CapYear Cast, we talk with Dr. Bruce Glassman of Capital Dermatology, a subsidiary of Advanced Dermatology in Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Glassman talks about the benefits of hiring pre-health graduates as medical assistants. They bring an energetic and enthusiastic work culture to the office and provide opportunities for education and mentoring by experienced providers. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Glassman has led by example, providing mentorship and helping build the buy-in of other providers into the program. The students have the chance to learn clinical skills, and while there is a learning curve, outgoing students share what they have learned with the incoming class. Hence, mentorship and teaching are instilled and reinforced as core healthcare values even before medical school begins, encouraging a desire to learn and mentor future generations. Great stuff!
CapYear Cast - Team-Based Care with Christopher Wolfgang, MD, PhD & Lindsey Manos, DHSc, PA-C
Today on the CapYear Cast, we are digging into team-based approaches to health care, specifically the MD/PA relationship. We are joined by Dr. Christopher Wolfgang, chief of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and professor of surgery at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and CapYear' s own Lindsay Manos, PA-C. Dr. Wolfgang and Lindsey worked together for several years in a team-based approach that enabled their practice to book more appointments, decrease wait time, see more patients, and generally increase the quality of care provided. In this episode, they talk about that dynamic, why it works, and offer advice for others considering a team-based approach. Fantastic insights from a dream team!
The PA/MD Journey with Michelle Bomgardner, PA-C, Evan Dilks, PA-C & Sami Shoucair, MD
Today on the CapYear Cast, we explore the PA/MD journey. We are joined by PA-Cs, Michelle Bomgardner and Evan Dilks, as well as Dr. Sami Shoucair, who will share their experiences and insights on the path to PA/Med school. They'll discuss when healthcare as a career first caught their attention, what made them decide to pursue becoming a PA/MD, and any valuable lessons they've learned along the way. Michelle and Evan also compare their current reality as a PA to what they had imagined it would be a few years ago. Join us as we delve into the PA/MD journey and gain valuable perspectives on this rewarding career path.
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CapYear Cast - Alli Pocsik - Gap Year Medical Assistant/Future Med Student
Today on the CapYear Cast, our own Dr. Deborah Gutman is joined by Alli Pocsik, a University of Michigan graduate who is spending her gap year working as a medical assistant before heading to medical school. Alli generously shares her experience of being in an active, hands-on role in dealing with patients. She talks about how patient interactions have improved her communication skills, how she progressed from shadowing to being on her own, how practice makes perfect, and how the medical assistant experience has made her feel more prepared for what’s to come in med school. Alli’s “clinical pearls” include going in with an open mind, being ok with being imperfect, and asking a lot of questions.
CapYear Cast - Andrea Lowe, MBA, MHA, PA-C
Andrea Lowe, MBA, MHA, PA-C, joins the CapYear Cast today to discuss the social determinants of health, namely health equality and equity. Andrea talks about the factors that enable health from the ground up and why simple waiting room questions can change the narrative. Andrea's 20-year experience spans boots-on-the-ground operations to hospital leadership, so she knows firsthand how important holistic thinking and PA/NP dynamics are to the overall patient experience. Definitely worth a listen - great stuff!
CapYear Cast - Joon Kim, EdD
Today on the CapYear Cast, Joon Kim, EdD, the Senior Director and Instructor of Postbaccalaureate Programs at the Keck Graduate Institute and the President-Elect of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), sits down with our own Dr. Deborah Gutman to discuss how to resource your pre-health advisors. NAAHP is an organization devoted to educating and supporting health professions advisors, so there's a ton of good advice, including why admission to med/pa school is much more than just meeting a threshold. Definitely worth a listen if you're involved in pre-health in any capacity!
CapYear Cast - Debra Herrmann, DHSc, MPH, PA-C
Debra Herrmann, DHSc, MPH, PA-C, joins the CapYear Cast today to share five tips for surviving the didactic year at PA school. Not only is Debra a renowned PA educator, but she also has over twenty years of PA experience, so she can easily discuss both the academic and practical side of PA training. If you're interested in picking up some solid gold tips for how to crush the didactic curriculum, tune in!
CapYear Cast - Lindsey Manos, DHSc, PA-C
Lindsey Manos, DHSc, PA-C, joins the CapYear Cast today for a practical talk about the importance of patient scheduling. Lindsey is not only a strategic advisor and lead educator here at CapYear, she is also a surgical oncology physician assistant at a large academic medical center. In short, she knows her stuff! If you're interested in learning the secret sauce to keeping the inner workings of medical and clinical offices running smoothly, tune in!
CapYear Cast - Katy Hines, PA-C
Katy Hines, MBA, MS, PA-C joins the CapYear Cast today for a deep dive into the ins and outs of PA school, and she talks about her journey toward choosing the PA path. Katy is not only a Physician Assistant, but she is also an educator, and she shares her thoughts on the process of selecting, applying, and attending PA school. There are more branches on that decision tree than you would assume. If you're thinking of applying to PA school now or later, you're sure to find some takeaways in this conversation.
CapYear Cast - Dr. Deborah Gutman
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the CapYear Cast! Joining us for our first interview is Dr. Deborah Gutman. Dr. Gutman is an emergency physician at Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital, the face behind AdmissionsRX.com, and a clinical assistant professor at Brown University. If that weren't enough, she is also a strategic advisor and lead educator here at CapYear. Needless to say, Dr. Gutrman knows medicine and medical school admissions inside and out, and in this conversation, she gets into the things graduates and future graduates should be doing now to get a jump on their applications. Anyone considering a career in medicine will find some good takeaways here.