Amal Farah, PA-C
- Family medicine
- Mental Health
What is your practice philosophy? Being a physician assistant means adhering to a lifetime of learning. Given that medicine is constantly changing, it is essential to stay up-to-date and review medical literature about evidence-based medicine. My clinical interests include preventative care, short-term illnesses, chronic disease management, and promoting healthy lifestyles. As a PA, I am constantly assessing my capabilities and limitations, striving always to improve my practice of medicine and personal growth. I also always support my colleagues in their development and growth
What are you passionate about? And why? My passion includes spending quality time with patients, helping them understand their health conditions, and being an advocate for them. Making a difference in my patients’ health and life is the most rewarding feeling.
If I wasn't a provider I would be a: If I wasn't a provider I would probably continue my career in Research and Development Chemistry.
Why did you become a provider When did you know this was the career for you? My desire to become a physician assistant started when I was 18 years old. My brother, who was 14 years old, was diagnosed with MS. With his diagnosis came many visits to hospitals and clinics. During these visits, I was introduced to many physician assistants involved in my brother’s care. I saw and valued their ability to be team players and their emphasis on comforting and reassuring my brother. These experiences led me to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
Something I have learned from my patients is: My primary care training has taught me an orientation to medicine that centers on listening, compassion, and connection. My practice has instilled in me the belief that we can always provide care, even if only by being present and ready to listen.
One of the challenges of this career that I enjoy is (and why): The biggest challenge in my practice is that I become emotionally attached and affected by patients' medical outcomes. It is hard for me not to show great empathy when talking to a patient about catastrophic medical conditions. I have been learning to maintain my composure and not insert my emotions while telling a patient devastating news about their health, such as a new diagnosis of cancer; however, it is very challenging for me.
My personal health goal: My personal health goal is to continue a healthy lifestyle and lead my patients by being a prime example of living an optimal healthy lifestyle.
What is the best thing you've done for your health or the best health advice you've received? Since the New year, the best thing I have done for my health is following a low carb and low glycemic diet and engaging in a strenuous exercise regimen for 150 minutes per week.
What are you most proud of? I am most proud of my resilience an determination.
What is one of your personal achievements? One of my proudest achievement is becoming the first college graduate and medical provider in my family.
- Family medicine
- Spending time with family and friends
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Major health plans we participate in
- Allina Health | Aetna
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Other health plans we participate in
- America's PPO
- First Health/Coventry
- Hennepin Health (formerly Metropolitan Health Plan)
- South Country Health Alliance
- United Behavioral Health
- Wisconsin Physician Services (WPS)