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    [–] Introversion in PA School iamjommyj 3 points ago in physicianassistant

    I just finished my fifth week of PA school and I sort of had the same issue for the first couple of weeks. Some of the students in my program came from the same stepping stone postbac program that made them competitive for PA school and it definitely felt cliquey going in. But I found that I just sort of had to put myself out there and eventually just sort of assimilated into a study group that I don't mind hanging around with.

    One other thing to keep in mind is that some of your classmates are just forcing themselves to be extra sociable and are just hanging out with the people that respond the right way to their signalling. And there a lot of other people (probably in your class) that might be feeling the exact same way you are. You'll probably see after the first or second exam people starting to soften up and taking down their own barriers. You're going to have your peers wanting to vent or wanting to talk about something other than school. You are all having this experience together.

    Just keep saying hello to people and doing your best to stay on top of your studies. It can and often does getting better.

    You can do it!

    [–] What was the video game that got you into gaming as a kid? iamjommyj 1 points ago in AskReddit

    Super Metroid. I didn't know what I was doing then but the atmosphere and feeling of adventure on my own still resonates in me today.

    [–] Good luck everyone! iamjommyj 2 points ago in prephysicianassistant

    I start my program on the first day of next month. I was in your shoes last year and I remember how nerve-wracking it is. But you can do this!

    Keep your head up!

    [–] 4 misdemeanors can I still be a PA iamjommyj 3 points ago in physicianassistant

    I'm pretty sure most, if not all schools, do background checks. Perform a background check on yourself and see if those things even still come up. If they do, make sure to be up front about those mistakes during your interview. Tie it into a learning experience and you should be alright.

    [–] What's an album you can listen to all the way through without skipping? iamjommyj 4 points ago in AskReddit

    I said in 2012 that GKMC was the best album of the year and it has been every year since.

    [–] AAPA reveals results of title change investigation iamjommyj 3 points ago in physicianassistant

    If they ask me if want this change

    "Absolutely, I do."

    [–] What's the deal with Joe Rogan being a "Gateway to the Alt-Right"? iamjommyj 5 points ago in OutOfTheLoop

    Genuinely curious as to what "actual data" you're referring to here considering claims from the left that the opposite is happening.

    [–] "The Providers"- Free PBS Documentary iamjommyj 2 points ago in PAstudent

    Before applying to PA school, I had the privileged of shadowing Matt Probst, the PA followed in The Providers. Honestly, the most incredible and inspiring person I've ever met.

    [–] Ex-Racists of reddit what event or events changed you? iamjommyj 1 points ago in AskReddit

    I totally agree that it shouldn't have taken his daughter wishing death on herself for him to have the very important epiphany that he did. However, the reality is that many bigoted parents have their head so far in the sand and are too far gone that their child saying the same thing would not have phased them at all.

    [–] Ex-Racists of reddit what event or events changed you? iamjommyj 391 points ago in AskReddit

    Good on your father to finally reach that point of reflection.

    [–] Youtube Algorithms and Secular Talk category - wtf?? iamjommyj 3 points ago in seculartalk

    I watch those ads to completion with a smile knowing they'll have to fork over some cash to Kyle (and other YouTubers in the lefty space).

    [–] Veteran dies after VA hospital notifies them of cancer 10 months too late after diagnosis. iamjommyj 1 points ago in news

    The idea is that if we managed to get single payer in the US, congresspeople should be subject to the same system.

    [–] Governor signs universal background check bill into law iamjommyj 9 points ago in Albuquerque

    It is not your job to pick and choose which laws you get to enforce.

    You are not above the law.

    [–] Help with NM MVD. Trying to register car out-of-state. iamjommyj 1 points ago in Albuquerque

    No loan on the car. Bought it outright, cash, with the title signed over to me.

    [–] Help with NM MVD. Trying to register car out-of-state. iamjommyj 1 points ago in Albuquerque

    I'll give them a call. Hopefully they can help me out. Thanks for the advice!

    [–] Rant: I'm your doctor, please stop. iamjommyj 1 points ago in TwoXChromosomes

    The times these types of things happened, the doc always handled the situation on their own and it definitely never seemed like it was their first rodeo. For patients that pressed the issue (mostly the intoxicated ones), I tended to act more like a silent physical barrier standing between patient and the doc as we exited the room.

    Back in the office, the docs tended to vent for a minute or two about the encounter, sometimes they'd thank me for listening and for the gentle reassurance, and they always shifted our focus right back to making sure the patients (including the offender) were treated and cared for.

    We all want to believe that this kind of behavior doesn't occur anymore in 2019 -- but it does. If I am honestly, I didn't really believe it happened either before I saw it myself.

    Thank you, /u/themockingju for the work that you do (despite the BS that you've had to deal with). I know it is not always easy but you have absolutely earned your profession and you deserve to be respected as human being (and not an object) while doing your job.

    [–] Rant: I'm your doctor, please stop. iamjommyj 3083 points ago in TwoXChromosomes

    ER medical scribe here.

    I am a large male with a shaven bald head standing over 6 feet tall. This kind of harassment from patients towards young female physicians that I have scribed for is real. I have seen it firsthand. Multiple times. It didn't even seem that it mattered that I was standing right there in the room.