Join your host Andrew Tisser with his guest Caitlyn Duran as they talk about mentorships, the Physician-APP work relationship, and the insights from her reason for choosing to become a Physician Assistant. As this show’s first-ever Advanced Practice Provider guest, Caitlyn opens up about the general trait of PAs that help them foster strong relationships with supervising physicians and other APPs and the changes she hopes to see more from standard practices. As for advice to incoming APPs, Caitlyn emphasizes the essence of communication, asking questions, and being open to feedback. For Caitlyn, asking questions can open many opportunities.
In this episode you will learn:
- How to achieve a strong relationship between Physicians, NPs, and PAs?
- What are the ways to cultivate an effective mentoring environment?
- Being a Physician Assistant is for those who are…
- Asking questions carry learning opportunities.
About Caitlyn Duran:
My name is Caitlyn Duran, I currently live in Albuquerque, NM and work at Duke City Urgent Care, which is my first job out of my Physician Assistant program. I grew up in Cortez, CO which is right next to the 4 Corners Area where CO, UT, NM, and AZ meet. I graduated from Montezuma Cortez High School in Cortez, then went to San Juan College in Farmington, NM where I received my Associate of Science in Pre-medical Education.
I then transferred to Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO to complete my Bachelor’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. From there I had decided to pursue PA school, so after graduation I obtained my ASCP Phlebotomy Certification in order to gain direct patient care contact hours, and started working as a phlebotomist at the local critical access hospital in Cortez. I worked there for 2 years while applying to PA school.
I had my first child, my daughter Ellie, during this time, and she was 4 months while I was attending interviews. My first acceptance came from the University of St. Francis in Albuquerque, NM which was an early start program in that the curriculum started in January. Albuquerque was really the closest large city to me growing up, and I always enjoyed it and felt comfortable there. I attended USF from January 2018, started clinical year in April of 2019, and graduated in April of 2020. I made wonderful professional and social connections within the Albuquerque area during my schooling, fell in love with it, and decided to stay.
During my clinical year I actually became pregnant with my son, Dorian, who was born just 2 months after I graduated! I applied for several positions but finally found my home with Duke City Urgent Care, where I feel like I have been able to flourish as a clinician with an extensive clinical support system. I have now been at Duke City for almost a year. My daughter is now 4 and my son is 1, and I have a job that I love with a great work/life balance. I could not be more grateful for my journey and where I have ended up. I am looking forward to a fulfilling career and becoming a better provider every day!
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