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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Quinnipiac PA Students Volunteer in the D.R.

    Physician assistant students at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., received recognition in the New Haven Register this month for their volunteer work in the Dominican Republic. In January and March, the students volunteered with Health Horizons International, an organization that focuses on expanding health care access to the Puerto Plata ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 19, 2010
  • Family Medicine Rotation: Week 3

    Family medicine will sometimes follow you home, which can be a good thing. Last week my preceptor and I saw a few complex cases without clear causes. Each night I would go home and think about what might explain these medical mysteries. A few days later, the lab results would arrive, which would lead to more questions. Just when we thought the ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on May 18, 2010
  • UNM PA Students Involved in Blood Test Blunder

    In the past week, several news stories--including blog entries and videos--have reported on an incident involving University of New Mexico physician assistant students. The students, who were performing complimentary blood sugar tests at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center on Saturday, April 24, used a device meant for single patient use only on up ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Blog for PAs (Weblog) on May 17, 2010
  • The Fragility of Human Life

    Yesterday, while studying basic cardiac life support training (BCLS) in preparation for finals, I found out that one of my loved ones was in a very serious automobile accident.  My loved one sustained no life altering or serious injuries, but with the extent of damage to the car, this could only have been due to a miracle. In school, I ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on May 6, 2010
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