A Career Journey: From Pain Management and Family Practice to Dermatology
In this FREE PA Virtual Shadowing session, Cassie McGee, a PA who graduated in 2015 from St. Francis University's PA program, talks about her journey and experiences in different medical fields.
After starting in pain management, she spent five years in family practice, gaining a diverse range of skills and knowledge. In May 2022, she transitioned to a dermatology clinic, where she received approximately one year of training before becoming the sole provider at the clinic.
Cassie provides a comprehensive look into her career, highlighting the unique aspects of the PA profession. She delves into the flexibility of changing specialties, drawing from her own experiences in transitioning from Pain management to Family Practice to Dermatology.
Cassie's journey exemplifies the adaptability required in different working environments and the continuous challenge and reward of learning across various medical areas. Additionally, she shares valuable insights into skill development, navigating professional challenges, expanding her medical knowledge, and offers practical applications and salary information for prospective PAs.
Timestamps: From Introduction to Closing Remarks
00:00 Introduction and Guest Background
00:40 Discussion Format and Topics Overview
01:16 Cassie's Journey to Becoming a PA
06:10 Q&A Session about PA School
09:55 Transition to Professional Life: Pain Management
11:55 Transition to Family Practice and Diverse Scope
14:33 Q&A Session about Family Practice
24:17 Transition to Dermatology
26:29 Current Role and Experience in Dermatology
31:17 Support from Nurses and Medical Staff
31:56 Opportunities for Shadowing and Training
33:00 Work Schedule and Patient Visits
34:11 Training for Specialties
35:11 Switching Specialties and Future Plans
35:50 Broadening Scope within Dermatology
36:47 Answering Audience Questions
43:52 Salary and Payment Structure
49:06 Choosing the PA Route and Specialty
56:23 Clinical Rotations and Preparation
57:47 Work-Life Balance in Different Specialties
59:14 Closing Remarks
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