I am a graduate from the first Physician Associate Studies class. I have been working in the General and Colorectal Surgical service in Beaumont Hospital since I graduated in 2018. I work with a number of consultants but I am primarily attached to one.
I engage in ward rounds, outpatient clinics, assist in surgery and do a PA-led virtual outpatient clinic for benign histology for endoscopy results and minor procedures (e.g. excision of sebaceous cysts, lipomas etc.) that have been reviewed by my consultants. I examine patients in clinic, make diagnosis and discuss treatment options with my consultants. I organise pre-assessment for patients and the surgical lists for theatre which help reduce waiting list times. I help coordinate pre- and post-operative care of these patients too.
I spend a lot of time with patients and enjoy answering any of their questions or concerns they may have about their upcoming surgery. In July with the changeover, I'll help the new team members settle into their roles by being that continuity of care across the service.
Alexandra Troy, Physician Associate Studies, Class of 2018