Dominique PA-S2 @dominique_palove

PA Student Account ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธNotre Dame grad//PA-S2 in PGH 3๏ธโƒฃrd time applicant. ๐ŸŒฟMedicine. Faith. Marriage. Cleaner beauty. Matcha. Travel.
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@dominique_palove We flew back yesterday from celebrating our 1 year anniversary in Germany ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช all week and I feel like it was all a dream โ˜๏ธ. Still on European time and we were early birds this morning (unheard of on the weekends in this household ๐Ÿ˜ด) so thought Iโ€™d share our adventures in my story ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผโ€ผ๏ธ I truly think we saw the best of Bavaria, including the touristy AND hidden charms. Stay tuned โœจ

We flew back yesterday from celebrating our 1 year anniversary in Germ...

@dominique_palove Passed my EOR yesterday and left IM + America + all my worries behind in the dust SO fast. Itโ€™s our FIRST night in G e r m a n y ๐Ÿฐ and after strolling the sweet little side streets of this town, we stopped by a small pub and made friends with an adorable couple from Bamberg (apparently we must come visit and try their smoky stouts ๐Ÿบ). Topped off the night with my fave, pistachio gelato. Hubs is PASSED out next to me right now even though itโ€™s only 4pm back home ๐Ÿ˜‚. I wonโ€™t be very engaged on insta but love posting these updates just because it is TOO pretty here, rain and all ๐Ÿ˜. #europeagain #couldntstayaway

Passed my EOR yesterday and left IM + America + all my worries behind ...

@dominique_palove Sorry not sorry for the many posts of anticipation ๐Ÿคฉ. Just itching to return to ๐‘ฌ๐’–๐’“๐’๐’‘๐’‚ with my travel buddy. #honeymoonersforlife #throwbackthursday

Sorry not sorry for the many posts of anticipation ๐Ÿคฉ. Just itching to ...

@dominique_palove Feels today at home (except this was taken in my friendโ€™s beauteous dc place). Waking up the last two days was harder for both of us than itโ€™s been in a long time ๐Ÿ˜ด. Which probably means weโ€™re burnt out. We are sooo ready to โ€œcheck outโ€ and go on vacation. I can taste those relieved & elated post-exam feels! 2 days!

Feels today at home (except this was taken in my friendโ€™s beauteous dc...

@dominique_palove Made it through this #ManicMonday ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. Last week of Rotation 6, Internal Medicine!

Made it through this #ManicMonday ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ. Last week of Rotation 6, Interna...

@dominique_palove โ€ขHad my SIL over for some Saturday morning home yoga & made some matcha lattes (she had never had one!) ๐Ÿตโ€ข Might have to make this a regular thing ๐Ÿฅฐ. Now Iโ€™m sitting in the park on a lunch date with myself, soaking in the weekend before walking back home to study. Letting myself enjoy summer since itโ€™ll be over before we know it!โœจ

โ€ขHad my SIL over for some Saturday morning home yoga & made some match...

@dominique_palove When you discover you can have a private #yoga session in your own living room ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. @lululemon has all of the Vinyasa you could want on YouTube ๐Ÿฅฐ. Peep little ๐Ÿฑ watching me, the dead vine on the shelf, toys on the floor, and our kitchen countertops needing some serious attention.  But hey, #thatslife. Took a moment to breathe + stretch in the midst of all this and it was so good. My @wearfigs Livingston scrub pants helped too ๐Ÿ˜‰. Almost the weekend!

WE GOT THIS ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ

When you discover you can have a private #yoga session in your own liv...

@dominique_palove How I feel on my days off ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ big, happy sighs all around. But starting to be a little more proactive to prep for my IM exam in 9 days. My main two study materials ๐Ÿ“šfor my EOR exams have been @roshreview and @pance_prep_pearls.
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Swipe left for a friendly reminder that #Instagram is not reality. ๐Ÿ˜˜
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๐Ÿ“ธ @emilybhannon  #paschool #physicianassistant #instavsreality #physicianassistantstudent #premed #pastudent #pasofinsta #lovemedicine #wearfigs #medblog #medblogger #lovewhatyoudo #scrublife #scrubstyle #lifeinmedicine #instagramisnotreallife #caspa

How I feel on my days off ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ big, happy sighs all around. But start...

@dominique_palove Morning reminder to stay hydrated ๐Ÿ’ฆ and #OptOutside when you can. When we can actually see the sun ๐ŸŒž in the Steel City, we take advantage. Like biking to downtown for #happyhour, walking to the neighborhood #farmersmarket, kayaking on the North Shore... Pittsburgh also has these electric moped-shares called Scoobiโ€™s ๐Ÿ›ต, which are fun but attempt at your own risk ๐Ÿ˜….
How have you been taking advantage of the outdoors? ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ™†๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ #heyletsgo @hydroflask

Morning reminder to stay hydrated ๐Ÿ’ฆ and #OptOutside when you can. When...

@dominique_palove Pittsburgh is our home right now, but DC is my home-home. ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŒฟโœจ Where do YOU call home right now, and where were you born and raised?
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If you are ever in Arlington, VA and need a Thai spot ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ. This is a fam favorite!
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#paschool #physicianassistant #physicianassistantstudent #dcsummer #thaifood #dcthaifood #dcfoodie #homeiswheretheheartis #bornandraised #premed #medblog #lovemedicine #momanddaughter #dinnerdate #summernights #ootd #cuteandcasual #pittsburghpa #motherdaughterdate

Pittsburgh is our home right now, but DC is my home-home. ๐Ÿ›๐ŸŒฟโœจ Where do...

@dominique_palove Matcha Mornings โœจ๐Ÿต getting on the road today to drive back to DC. Perks of a laid back rotation is having time to visit family ๐Ÿค—. Happy Friday!

Matcha Mornings โœจ๐Ÿต getting on the road today to drive back to DC. Perk...

@dominique_palove Also 2๏ธโƒฃ years ago today on the southeast coast of Ireland, you asked and I said โ€œYes!โ€ ๐Ÿ’. Of all things Iโ€™ve been blessed with in life, God really blessed me when he brought me you (something you told me soon after we met ๐Ÿฅฐ). Now coming up on our 1st wedding anniversary!

Grateful.

Also 2๏ธโƒฃ years ago today on the southeast coast of Ireland, you asked ...

@dominique_palove โ€ขRemembering the days when I prayed for what I have nowโ€ข
How 2 years fly! I started this Instagram account two years ago when I was still interviewing at schools ๐Ÿค“. And now Iโ€™m halfway through clinical year. I went back to campus yesterday to help out at Interview Day and it made me think about my journey to get here. As a 3rd time applicant (but first time to Pitt, which ultimately was my best fit!), I definitely learned the ins and outs of the application process. See my stories for some Q&A from pre-PAs! And of course, DM me ๐Ÿ“ฉ if you have any questions!
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#paschool #physicianassistant #physicianassistantstudent #prepa #caspa #gradschool #gradschoolproblems #myjourney #floral #premed #gradschoolapps #interviewseason #lovemedicine #lovewhatyoudo #clinicals #clinicalrotations #midlevelprovider #pastudent #pastudentlife #pasofinstagram

โ€ขRemembering the days when I prayed for what I have nowโ€ข How 2 years f...

@dominique_palove I asked for ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’•๐’‰ and
God gave me difficulties to make me strong.

I asked for ๐’˜๐’Š๐’”๐’…๐’๐’Ž and
God gave me problems to solve.

I asked for ๐’‘๐’“๐’๐’”๐’‘๐’†๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’š and
God gave me brawn and brains to work.

I asked for ๐’„๐’๐’–๐’“๐’‚๐’ˆ๐’† and
God gave me dangers to overcome.

I asked for ๐’‘๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’†๐’๐’„๐’† and
God placed me in situations where I was forced to wait.

I asked for ๐’๐’๐’—๐’† and
God gave me troubled people to help.

I asked for ๐’‡๐’‚๐’—๐’๐’“๐’” and
God gave me opportunities.

I received nothing I wanted,
I received ๐’†๐’—๐’†๐’“๐’š๐’•๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ ๐‘ฐ ๐’๐’†๐’†๐’…๐’†๐’…. ~author unknown.

I heard this again over the weekend and just love it so much. Put it in perspective โค๏ธ. ๐Ÿ“ธ @emilybhannon

I asked for ๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’†๐’๐’ˆ๐’•๐’‰ and God gave me difficulties to make me strong. ...

@dominique_palove Running out of M E A L P L A N ideas! Comment any recent, creative, easy favorites you have๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ, and help a girl out ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ.
Pictured is ground turkey #stirfry and farro with anything you have in your fridge (spinach, tomatoes, kale, zucchini, squash, a little soy sauce, fish sauce, s&p, etc.). Iโ€™ve also subbโ€™ed with #tofu before for a whole-food plant-based option!
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#mealplanning #mealplanningmadeeasy #stirfryrecipe #iamwellandgood #wfpb #omnivore #vegetarian #sundayfunday #mealsfortwo #paschool #gradschool #marriedlife #mealplanideas

Running out of M E A L P L A N ideas! Comment any recent, creative, ea...

@dominique_palove Had a fun little #photoshoot with @emilybhannon today ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒฟ.
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Perks of being married to the twin brother of a budding profesh photographer ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ (and @trishy.blume for being the cutest assistant and having such a good eye ๐Ÿ˜‰).
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Canโ€™t wait to share more of her photos!
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#paschool #physicianassistant #premed #caspa #gradschool #headshots #physicianassistantstudent #np #md #pittsburghphotoshoot #businesscasual #styleshoot #mylittman #stethoscope #medicine #lovemedicine #clinicals

Had a fun little #photoshoot with @emilybhannon today ๐Ÿ“ธ๐ŸŒฟ. . Perks of b...

@dominique_palove โ€œThose millennials donโ€™t know what hard work is.โ€ The entire staff at my last rotation (a group of baby boomer providers, nurses, and receptionist) ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ were ranting about this while I was sitting in the same room charting notes. I was in disbelief and also #ROTFL maniacally in my head to myself.

I donโ€™t know what hard work is? None of my amazingly brilliant, unique and overachieving classmates from Notre Dame and now #PAschool know what hard work is? The majority of medical professionals and students that I follow on Instagram who are the ages of 23-38 donโ€™t know what hard work is? Iโ€™m dead LOL ๐Ÿคฃ. Ask my husband, ๐ˆ ๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ-๐ ๐ž๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ณ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐š ๐ฉ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง.

I was also asked โ€œWere you self-sufficient in college?โ€ by a chuckling PA who clearly expected the answer to be no since he was talking with a patient about how rare it was to find self-sufficient young people nowadays.

I thought of all the comebacks and all the things I could list that I have achieved through #hardwork and #perseverance. Like after failing to get into PA school TWICE, I was accepted into a program with a 2-3% acceptance rate on my 3rd cycle. ๐•„๐• ๐•ง๐•š๐•– ๐• ๐•— ๐•ž๐•ช ๐•๐•š๐•—๐•– ๐•ž๐• ๐•ž๐•–๐•Ÿ๐•ฅ โ€” I got the email as I was boarding the plane โœˆ๏ธ two hours after my interview ended. The moment the dream I worked so hard for was coming true ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€โš•๏ธ. And then got into my 1st choice program, which was in the same city as my then-fiancรฉ. Double dream come true.

But all I did was smile and said, โ€œIโ€™d like to think so.โ€ ๐Ÿ˜ And ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ๐ž๐ them that I worked hard because sometimes thatโ€™s all you can do, and all you should have to do. Donโ€™t explain your best achievements. Show them ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ.

โ€œThose millennials donโ€™t know what hard work is.โ€ The entire staff at ...

@dominique_palove ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฟ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ, have you heard of it? I never had until my rheumatologist at #JohnsHopkins finally diagnosed me in my early 20s after I had been having episodic joint flare-ups. They started in middle school and were so bad that I remember crying while sitting in a wheelchair as my dad wheeled me around the hospital to endless doctors. A pediatrician, one of the best orthopedists in DC (never waiting 2 hrs for a provider againโ€ฆ), infectious disease, rheumatology, etc. Everything was ruled out so I was an anomaly. And bedridden for weeks at a time whenever I had an episode. It was a relief when I finally had a dx, even though my doc said there was not much I could do about it and there is no way to predict whether it will worsen or improve with time ๐Ÿ˜”. At least there was something I could grasp to and read about.

When I tell people I have โ€œbad knees,โ€ they laugh because of my age. Understandable since I look healthy and young and spry from the outside ๐ŸŒฑ. And the episodes have been fewer and less severe as I have gotten older.

Last month, I started adding a quick run to my workout routine for the first time in over 10 ๐˜ ๐˜Œ๐˜ˆ๐˜™๐˜š ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ. First 5 minutes, then 10 minutes. Even a couple sprints. I have been waiting for a flare-up, but I feel good. It feels good. It used to irritate me when people love to comment on how thin I am or how I should probably go eat a burger because it would remind me of how weak I was and no matter how much I tried to gain muscle mass and get stronger, Iโ€™d be hit with another flare. Now I brush it off because I ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ getting stronger on my OWN volition. Thanking God for the body he gave me, the ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜๐—ต that is returning, and the physical potential I feel again, rather than the limits. ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€, how do you treat yours?
#TuesdayThoughts #Tuesdayprayers #inpatientsshoes

๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ฐ ๐—ฟ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜€๐—บ, have you heard of it? I never had until my rhe...





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