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  • Make a Difference Through Professional Leadership

    Do you remember the first year of PA school? You might have been the student who only wanted to focus on the books, and every other commitment would take a backseat. You felt like the best thing was to kiss your world goodbye and be a single-track-minded individual. Or you might have been the kind of student who came in wanting to have a balanced ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on August 15, 2011
  • Jump Into Clinicals With Both Feet

    This week I’m learning the value of “being thrown into the fire” so to speak, as we often are as PA students in our second year. The rotation I am on now is notorious for being overwhelming, due not only to the great expectations of the students performance here, but also because of the sometimes 80 hour weeks, and lack of direction in ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on December 3, 2010
  • Top 10 Things Learned From Family Medicine

    With the last week of family medicine just ahead, I wanted to focus on the top 10 lessons learned from this rotation: 1. Lifestyle modification begins with us. We are not perfect by any means, but our patients look up to us. I have noticed how difficult it can be to counsel a patient about diet and exercise when the PA/NP/MD/DO is not ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on June 7, 2010
  • Building a Foundation in Atlanta

    Last weekend and into early this week, I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta for the AAPA annual PA Conference with my classmates and a few of my professors. Aside from getting the chance to bond with my peers and connect with my mentors on a personal level outside of the classroom, I was able to attend several seminars and conference events ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on June 4, 2010
  • Reaching for Medical Information: ReachMD on XM Radio

    No matter what I do, I seem like I'm always on the run. Balancing work, teaching, writing, running to my daughter's softball games, working out and tackling the long laundry list of daily activities provides little time for anything else. Finding a few minutes to refresh my knowledge of a medical topic is a difficult task. Or it was, until ...
  • On the Way to AAPA

    This weekend, several of my classmates and I are making the trip down to Atlanta, Geor., for the start of the AAPA's 38th Annual PA Conference. As Saturday approaches, I'm finding myself more and more excited to have the opportunity to get out of the classroom and learn about so many different and interesting topics from a variety of knowledgeable ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on May 27, 2010
  • Will There Be Jobs for Canadian PAs?

    The first class of 21 PA students at McMaster University in Ontario are graduating this August, with “nothing but faint promises from the provincial health ministry that jobs will be found for them in the health system,” according to an article in The Toronto Star. The problem is, in order for the PAs to work in the publicly funded hospital ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 27, 2010
  • Physician Assistant Degree Ranked No. 1

    A degree in physician assistant studies was named No. 1 in a list of master's degrees that would provide the best opportunities, based on salary and employment, over the next decade, according to ABC News. The report, posted yesterday, focuses on Shane Tysinger, a former high school science teacher who decided to pursue a full-time career in ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 24, 2010
  • Headed to Atlanta

    With 95% of my class entering a new rotation this week, I will be returning to the same clinic for part two of my family medicine rotation. I have said it before that I was surprised by how interesting family medicine is, and I am excited to go back for more! Last week we had our monthly PASS day, where all of the 3rd year PA students come back to ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on May 24, 2010
  • PAs Increasingly Likely to Work in Specialties

    Physician assistants are increasingly more likely to head into specialties such as surgery and emergency medicine rather than primary care, according to the News & Observer. Researchers at the Duke University PA program studied the job choices of PAs from 1997 to 2006 and found that the number of PAs going into primary care declined to 41% ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 21, 2010
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