Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Back from Boot Camp!

Wow. Another week off gone by already? Where does the time go? Well, I hear that time flies, and this past week, so did I. I attended three of the fours days of “Hospitalist Boot Camp for PAs and NPs” put on by the AAPA, AANP and SHM. I couldn’t do the last day as I had to actually be a hospitalist and get back to work.

The conference was pretty good with engaging speakers, salient topics and great food. The host hotel, Westfields Marriott was quite nice although, sort of in the middle of nowhwere (Chantilly, VA). Located in what is essentially a huge office park for DoD contractors (Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Aerospace, etc), I’m surprised I didn’t need security clearance while I was out running, although, I’m sure that if I had set foot on their property, I would have met some friendly people with guns. One of the buildings had no external markings on it whatsoever, but it did have a fairly high level of security (i.e. tall fences and armed guards—probably classified as “low security” to industries that need really high security). Perhaps ironically, I was able to find out that it’s the National Reconnaissance Office by checking the area out on GoogleMaps. The ironic part, for those not in the know, is that the NRO “designs, builds and operates the nation's reconnaissance satellites” and I got to this information from a satellite image thanks to Google.

Anyway, aside from potentially making myself “a person of interest,” by mentioning all of these companies, I did spend some time networking with other PAs/NPs and reviewing plenty of issues relating to hospital based medicine.

That trip pretty much dominated my week off as I had to get anything I needed to get done, done in only a few days. Yard work, house stuff, and lots of yadda, yadda, yadda means I’m back to work in what seems like a blink of an eye.

Before taking off though, my buddy Rob and I got a good ride in at Harold Parker on the fully rigid singlespeeds--yeah!

Well, time to start looking ahead to my NEXT week off!

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