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Being transgender, I could never quite get used to being topless in a sports bra or having my classmates make direct references to my breasts.
In the PA program, we practice performing physical exam skills on each other so that when we go out to local community clinics, we have a muscle memory for and an understanding of how to perform certain skills and what to look for.
But I gladly made this weekly sacrifice for the betterment of myself and my fellow classmates. On December 26th, I said goodbye to making that sacrifice as I said goodbye to my breasts.
Following this surgery, I could not lift my arms over my head, sleep in any position other than on my back, or remove my chest binder for 1 month.
The reality is that all I needed to do was say that I did not feel comfortable and no one would have batted an eyelash. But that did not sit right with me for some reason. I have never been one to take the easy way out and this was no exception. It is impossible to tease apart my personal growth from that which PA school has provided me thus far.
The fast pace of the program forced us to step out of our comfort zone and to lean on each other for support. We all have our own strengths and weaknesses and are stronger together than as individuals. I do not get the highest grades on exams, sometimes my mind blanks when I get nervous, and the EMR confuses the heck out of me.
But I am honest and relatable, I genuinely care about the person sitting in front of me, and I am not afraid. I am not afraid to fail, to be laughed at, to be stared at, to be wrong, to admit that I am wrong, to try new things, or to succeed.
So, on June 11th, I had my very last physical exam performed on me by one of my classmates.
I told him that I was going to bare my chest and that it was my first time ever being topless in front of anyone other than my wife. More than the weekly exams and metrics, it is these types of unique challenges and experiences that shape the person that we become and improve the quality of care that we are able to provide our patients.
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Tuesday, June 19, Last update About the author Dorian Scull Dorian grew up in Louisiana and Virginia, before moving to Colorado in to pursue their dream of being a professional snowboard bum. After 3 years of living the dream, they moved to Portland, OR.
The collectively forward thinking mindset of Portlanders, in addition to quick access to some of the country's most beautiful mountain ranges and coastline is what has inspired Dorian to call Portland home and establish a solid set of roots. Prior to starting what Dorian is sure is the best PA program in the country, they worked as home health aid as well as a scribe and medical assistant at a dermatology clinic.
They also volunteered with LGBT seniors and at a local hospital for several years. It was these experiences that made Dorian sure that pursuing a career as a PA was the right decision. Dorian is beyond excited to use the knowledge and skills that they are gaining in OHSU's PA program to give back to their community.
After graduation, they would love to work with the transgender community, either in a primary or specialty care setting. So far there hasn't been much time for either of these activities, but that is the life of a PA student!
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Seeing my test results brought tears to my eyes. I honestly could not believe it. To make matters worse, most of my classmates, including some who were barely passing eighth-grade English, passed that part. On 7th to 11th January, I, along with some of my classmates, went to Wood Norton in Worcestershire.
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