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Ashleigh Renitsky, PA-C

Ashleigh Renitsky, PA-C

Ashleigh Renitsky, PA-C
Advanced Practice Nurses/Physician Assistants Education Committee
Lehigh Valley Health Network
Allentown, PA

What has been your most memorable Annual Meeting and why?

My most memorable Annual Meeting would have to be AUA2013 in San Diego. It was my first meeting, and I felt like I had just stepped into the Disney World of urology! I truly felt as though I was a little kid running to get to the front of the lines. It was overwhelming (in the best way possible)! There was so much to see and learn, and lots of people to meet. I tried to be a sponge and soak up everything.

If you weren't a Physician Assistant what would you be?

If I weren't a PA, then I would probably be a dietitian. I love food and health so mixing the two together would be perfect!

What is one thing left on your Bucket List?

At the top of my Bucket List is to be become fluent in another language. My husband and I have a goal to learn Spanish together by the end of next year.

If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

I would enjoy having lunch with Chris Kyle, the American Sniper. I find his story fascinating, and I think we could all learn how to have pride and passion in whatever work we do.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a PA exploring the field of urology?

Utilize your attendings! My attendings have been such an integral part of my career in urology. In PA school, we get just the tip of the iceberg of urology—a little bit about BPH, prostate cancer and stone disease—and that's about it! When exploring urology, you'll quickly find that there is so much more. When I was beginning in this field, I listened to my attendings have conversations with patients, really watched and absorbed their small movements and techniques in the OR and reviewed films together. We actually became a team, and that has been such a blessing. It was essential to the success of our practice and to the fulfillment I have, especially in my work in urology.