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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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...