Meet Izabela Urbaniec
Office Locations: Linden
Q&A with Izabela Urbaniec
- Q: Tell us about your background as a physician assistant.A: I attended Thomas Jefferson University for Physician Assistant Studies and graduated with a Master’s Degree in 2018. My clinical training was in various settings such as hospitals, hospital related clinics, medical centers and offices located mainly in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Maryland. I was exposed to numerous specialties including primary care, internal medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics/geriatrics, general and orthopedic surgery, obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatry.
- Q: Why did you choose to become a physician assistant?A: I always dreamed about a career that would be simultaneously challenging, exciting and very rewarding. Since childhood, I have been passionate about the healthcare profession and have been curious about finding ways to improve people’s lives. I started my medical journey in 2008 as a Radiologic Technologist. I became a Nuclear Medicine/Nuclear Cardiology Technologist in 2010. Additionally, I worked as a PET/CT and CT technologist for many years. During my tenure, I observed many physician assistants and realized it was my calling.
- Q: Why did you choose to practice in an open access primary care practice?A: Open access primary care is a well-rounded health care process that allows me to specialize in, treat and diagnose a wide variety of conditions as opposed to treating a specific organ or system. Primary care also places a strong emphasis on preventive intervention, which can improve patients’ well-being over the long term. Additionally, it allows for close and ongoing relationships with patients, which is immensely gratifying. I believe that familiarity and knowing the intricacies of person’s health and wellness can introduce personalized care and help meet that person’s exact needs.
- Q: What unique skills do you possess?A: I am fortunate to possess the skills that are very helpful in the medical field. I easily adapt to new environments/situations. I am a good problem-solver. I’m also a good listener and I’m conscientious. All these skills help me provide the highest level of care and assist in building greater rapport with patients. Additionally, I am fluent in English and Polish.
- Q: Describe your day to day activities, priorities and tasks. What do you like best?A: My day to day activities consist of seeing patients, diagnosing, treating, interpreting labs/x-rays and making follow-up calls. The best part of it is taking care of my patients and knowing that they left the office feeling heard and satisfied.
- Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?A: Becoming a physician assistant.
- Q: What are the key challenges of this field of medicine? How is it changing?A: A substantial challenge in healthcare at this time is insurance coverage for patients. The underserved population and people with serious medical conditions frequently find insurance inadequate or simply unavailable. Insurance companies dictate many factors (benefits, provider networks, authorization for treatment, etc.) that affect or delay proper patient care, as opposed to the doctors/mid-level practitioners making the healthcare decisions. Additionally, staying incorporated with rapidly changing evidence-based guidelines and practice changing updates in drug therapy, management of illnesses and new technology are the other key challenges.
- Q: If you couldn’t be a physician assistant, what would you be doing?A: If I could not be a physician assistant, I would be a veterinarian.
- Q: What makes working at Care Station special?A: What makes working at Care Station special is a patient and family friendly environment with well-trained medical staff and onsite specialists. We work as a team to provide high level patient care and treatment. Another reason that Care Station is great is the availability of diagnostic imaging (x-ray and ultrasound), laboratory tests and blood collections. These types of services are a great convenience for a patient, may help determine immediate diagnosis, plan of treatment and overall improve patient care, outcomes and patient satisfaction. I also like it because I can implement all my skills (suturing, splinting, etc.), knowledge and experience involving various specialties while addressing the needs of patients requiring primary, occupational care as well as low-to-mid acuity emergency department care.
- Q: Why should patients choose Care Station for their primary care?A: There are many reasons why patients should choose Care Station for primary care. First, we have excellent, highly-trained and friendly healthcare providers that make patients feel at ease. Secondly, it is like “one stop shopping.” We have may providers including specialists that are available until late hours, seven days a week. Patients can have their laboratory and diagnostic tests done at the time of appointment. Many patients may find this kind of setting accommodating and beneficial to them since it can improve their adherence and compliance to treatment, clinical guidelines and recommendations.
- Q: Tell us a little something about yourself.A: I was born in Poland. I’ve lived in NJ for 19 years. I like challenges and learning new things every day.
- Q: How do you like to spend your free time?A: I like to spend my free time with my family, friends and my three bulldogs. I enjoy traveling, reading, listening to podcasts, hiking, bike riding, all water sports and dancing.