Target Clinic Travels

I hope this blog entry finds everyone enjoying a happy and healthy summer season.  I can’t believe its already July.  Summers are always busy but this one has been especially so for me. I have taken my passion for retail health on the road attending 3 major conferences for healthcare professionals.

It started in early May with attendance at the Retail Clinician Education Congress – a CME program presented by the Convenient Care Association.  The CCA is a national trade association of companies and healthcare systems that provide consumers with accessible, affordable, quality healthcare in retail based locations. In addition to attending this great educational program, I was also able to present 2 Target Clinic practitioners with an Unsung Hero award which recognizes those that go above and beyond the call of duty in the retail clinic setting.  It was wonderful to be able to honor some of the great clinicians we have on our Target team!

A week later I was in Boston, MA for the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual CME conference.  The AAPA is an organization of over 40,000 PAs with a mission to ensure the professional growth, personal excellence, and recognition of physician assistants, and to support their efforts to enable them to improve the quality, accessibility, and cost-effectiveness of patient-centered health care. Once again the CME was superb. At this conference I had the additional opportunity to be a speaker for a CME session educating others on the role and importance of retail health.  It was a great opportunity to learn, teach and make some new connections with other PAs from around the world. It wasn’t all work though- I was able to enjoy “PA night at the Park” with a tour of Fenway Park,

From Boston, I went on to my next conference in Nashville, TN to represent Target Clinic at the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners annual conference. The AANP is the largest, full-service professional membership organization for nurse practitioners and represents the interests of approximately 155,000 NPs. This conference serves as an opportunity for NPs to build community and share in medical education.  I had the pleasure of meeting hundreds if not thousands of amazing NP’s at our booth in the exhibitors hall. It was great to see so many people interested in the work of Target Clinic – to provide high quality, low cost, convenient care to our communities.  It was clear that these NP’s work hard and study a lot – but we were also able to insert some fun with a trip to the Grand Ole Opry and some line dancing on Broadway Street.

This travel has been nothing shy of amazing and I am grateful for these wonderful opportunities to meet such marvelous PA’s and NP’s and share our healthcare journey.  If I missed you in Minneapolis, Boston, or Nashville or you just want to connect and share your passion for healthcare, Target, or retail clinics please don’t hesitate to drop me a line- I’d love to share a part of this summer with you.

PA’s at Target…..What’s a PA?

One thing I love about working at Target is the culture of recognition. It feels wonderful to be recognized for the great things you do for our guests, team, and business. This month that recognition is especially exciting for me as it celebrates my profession, physician assistant. To help spread the word about the profession I asked one of my team members, Jill, to share some additional information on both.

Lexie:  What is a physician assistant?

 Jill: A Physician Assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. A PA is a graduate of an accredited PA educational program who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a physician. At Target, PAs work in our retail medical clinics located in select Target stores providing healthcare to our guests for everything from minor illnesses and vaccines to biometric screenings and sport physicals.

L:  How are PAs educated and trained?

J: A PAs education is modeled on the medical school curriculum, a combination of classroom and clinical instruction. The PA course of study is rigorous and intense.  Applicants to PA programs must complete a bachelor’s degree with a course load similar to the premedical studies required of medical students.  Once a PA student, there are many hours of classroom and laboratory studies. PA students also complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in various practice settings which include family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine and psychiatry.

Practicing PAs participate in lifelong learning. In order to maintain national certification, a PA must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education every two years. A PA must also take a re-certification examination similar to the way a physician would.

 L: What can PAs do?

J: PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals.  At Target Clinic, PAs provided high quality medical care to our guests and team members.

 

Now let’s take time to recognize!

I would like to recognize all of my PA colleagues for all of the hard work and dedication you exemplify to the healthcare profession and for Target Clinic. Research shows that patients are just as satisfied with PA-provided care as they are with physician care and I think that is AMAZING! Keep up the hard work and thank you for all you do to keep our guests and team healthy!

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