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President's Message | May 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Blair Beggan
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Dear Colleagues -

Mayday! Mayday!  Now, I know what you are thinking given the current challenging times in which we find ourselves due to the pandemic.  But there are actually TWO definitions of “mayday”.  Obviously, one of the meanings is a universal distress signal, however it’s the second definition that I’d rather focus on in these trying circumstances.  

    May Day

/ˈmā ˌdā/

     May 1st - a date celebrating the return of Spring and marking the coming of change.

As the month of May began, many states in the U.S. began to re-open and attempt to move towards some semblance of normalcy. My home state of Florida reopened on May 4th, allowing my practice to start seeing non emergent patients again, as well as performing non elective/non-essential procedures.  I am now sitting beside (6 ft apart) my fellow PA colleagues and physicians and I’m able to resume what I love the most - taking care of my patients.  Of course, my practice is following all the recommended safety protocols.  

Recently, I was able to speak with some fellow dermatology PAs who volunteered on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in New York.  Because of the rigorous general medicine training PAs receive, they were able to fill in gaps in the ER and ICUs as a valued part of the team practice.  I have also heard from many of my PA colleagues throughout the nation who have returned to the office to see patients in-person after several weeks of performing telemedicine appointments from home.  So many of us missed our patients, and the return to the office setting is a welcome development.  

May Day 2020 brought in sunshine, blossoms, and the beautiful spring weather to Florida and other states.  I understand that some of you enjoyed an additional round of Spring snow! Thankfully, the gradual re-opening of the U.S. in May offers a new sense of hope that we were successful in flattening the curve, and that we are no longer overwhelming our healthcare system.  The fact that my patients were so appreciative of our flexibility and willingness to return them to their regular schedule gives me hope that my practice, as well as others, will survive this pandemic.

So, as we make our way through the Month of May, please join me to cast aside the doomsday definition of Mayday and choose, instead, to celebrate May Day definition of hope, new beginnings, and change.

Be well and stay safe.



Gina D. Mangin, MPAS, PA-C
SDPA President


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