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  • The Final Post

    My journey with ADVANCE began July 7th 2008 as I wrote about my days leading up to physician assistant school. I was excited, yet nervous, about what I was getting myself into. There were PAs in my life that encouraged me with words of hope and peace. They said the road would be hard, but each day would make me stronger. I remember feeling ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on April 9, 2012
  • Your Life on Paper: Tips for the CV/Résumé

    If you have applied for any job, they always ask for your résumé. Prior to PA school, it may have been a straightforward task to create your file packed with every possible job and accolade to impress. You may have not been in a field where it mattered what was on your résumé, as long as there was something. Now we are in the medical field ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on January 16, 2012
  • The Challenges of Shadowing

    Do you remember the time when you were applying to PA school? What was the one thing you really wanted to do but found it more difficult than expected? You looked for PAs to spend the day with so you could better understand what the life of a PA was really like. You would have been happy with just about any setting, whether clinic, hospital or OR. ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on October 31, 2011
  • Surgical Privileges: A Curse Broken

    Our country is blessed to have medical regulatory boards that serve to protect patients and their providers. Some other parts of the world do not require a license or special privileges. Those countries just want help from anyone willing, and it does not always end well. So, the United States has a blessing and a curse. Since ...
    Posted to Adventures of a New PA (Weblog) on August 2, 2011
  • Thanks for Listening

    I am now able to say that I have officially graduated from PA school. I may not be able to add the ''C'' to the end of my title until I pass my boards, but I am able to say that I'm no longer a student. It's such a strange feeling to finally be done, because PA school so easily became such an identifying part of my life. Graduation was ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on August 2, 2011
  • The Night Shift

    This week I've been scheduled on nights, and it's been a completely different ER experience. While many of the chief complaints are the same as what I've seen during the day in the ER, the pace has been different. There is no doubt that things can get just as hectic at night as they do during the day, but for the most part, things usually tend to ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on July 14, 2011
  • Back to Class - One Last Time

    This week is chock full of final exams and with everyone from my class finally back in the area, there is much to be done. The beginning of the week consists of various lectures meant to comprise part of an all-inclusive review of more or less everything we’ve learned while in PA school. At the end of the week we have a directed practical on ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on June 21, 2011
  • Psychiatry: A 'More Intimately Personal’ Rotation

    It's nearly the end of my final week here on my psychiatry rotation, and as I say my goodbyes to the patients I've grown close to over the last month, I'm feeling much differently than I'm used to. My preceptor made it clear on my first day to give my patients enough notice before my final day. She explained that students frequently come and go, ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on June 6, 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
  • Relishing the Routine: Week 3 in Pediatrics

    I’m deep in my 3rd week of pediatrics and I am certainly feeling comfortable with my routine at the office. Now that I’ve had time to adapt to what life is like on clinical rotations, I’ve been able to enjoy the feeling of getting back to some sense of normalcy, being out in the working world and away from the classroom. While I still dedicate a ...
    Posted to Notes from a PA Student (Weblog) on September 7, 2010
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