From the Eyes of the Intern
Hey Rexburg! My name is Alycia and for this semester I am the intern at the incredible Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic. Let me tell you it’s been such an amazing learning experience. I have seen such a wide range of dermatology issues and procedures that has just put me in awe of the human body and how it works. It is just amazing to see what a good provider, like Brett Bagley, can do. From things like clearing up acne on that awkward teenager (I know we have all been there), to removing that suspicious or cancerous mole our nagging spouse has been trying to get us to go have it looked at, or even just helping a patient over come a nasty cold that makes everyone at the grocery store stare at them as they try to hack up their lung in line at the check out. Seeing the healing and bettering of people’s lives makes me so excited to continue to pursue a profession in the medical field and contribute my knowledge to help ease the life of those in the community around me. Well, that and also I find watching the procedures like cyst removals or an excision of a mole just fascinating to watch (who knows what that says about me….).
Ok a little bit of a subject change. I am doing my undergraduate in Healthcare Administration and I am currently in the process of applying to P.A. schools (fingers crossed!!). I have loved working the Brett Bagley, a current P.A., because it has allowed me to better learn about the roles and responsibilities of a P.A. Even though Brett Bagley specializes in dermatology, he’s kind of like a jack of all trades in the medical profession, which is an exciting component of becoming a P.A.. However, I have a major (and embarrassing) fear about becoming a P.A. Several States allow P.A.’s to prescribe medication, and unfortunately I must have skipped the phonics day in Kindergarten, because I cannot pronounce 99% of all medications (except Penicillin, I have that one down pretty good, I can even spell it) . With that I am deathly afraid of telling a patient (one day) that I am going to prescribe XYZ and the poor patient is just going to look at me with stare questioning if my (future) P.A. certificate is legitimate or if I bought it down in Mexico. However, I am grateful that Brett sometimes forces me to call a pharmacy and put in a prescription, for Accutane or whatever medication he has prescribed to a patient, so I can get the pronunciation practice over the phone without having some poor soul quizzically looking at me as I try to sound out the letters that look like they should not have been put in that order in the first place.
With that said I have loved working with Brett Bagley and his staff down here at Fall Creek Skin and Health Clinic. It has made me excited for me future and deepen my desire to assist those in the medical scope of life. I hope all five of you that have read this are having a great day and enjoying the almost spring like weather!!