The PANCE. How to get that -C after your name.


What is the PANCE? The PANCE is the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam, which is required in order to become certified and practice medicine.  After you pass the PANCE, you will then take the PANRE  (Physician Assistant National Recertifying Exam) every 10 years to maintain your certification. The PANCE is a 300 multiple choice question test. […]

Physician Assistant Graduation

goofy class pic

It finally happened!  I graduated from PA school!  Looking back it feels like it went by so fast, but it didn’t always feel fast in the moment. I take my boards (the PANCE) on Saturday and, as soon as I get my license from the state, I will begin work at a rural medicine clinic […]

My first AAPA Conference

AAPA Conference

I went to my first AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) conference at the end of May, which was held in San Francisco. I had no idea what to expect, but it was super fun.  They had multiple lectures/presentations set-up throughout the day, so we could pick which topics we wanted to learn about more.  The speakers […]

PA School: Entering Phase III


I have completed phase I (my didactic year), phase II (clinical rotations), and now I am moving onto phase III, my last and final phase.  Phase III consist of me working 40 hours a week for 8 weeks in a local clinic. In between phase II and phase III we have a 2 week break, […]

PA School: Graduation-itis

white coat ceremony

Spring is here and as I sit outside listening to the birds chirping I can’t help but think how excited I am for summer, and the many changes those months will bring about for my family: I will start and finish the last phase of physician assistant school.  Phase 3 of PA school means working […]

PA School: My Elective Rotation


In our program, we get one elective rotation.  Honestly, choosing what I wanted to do for an elective was really hard.  I was so worried I would pick the wrong thing.  I considered cardiology, since that is the largest portion of questions on our boards, but in the end I told my coordinator that I […]

PA School: Joining AAPA

JAAPA journal

I have been using a lot of the resources at AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants) the last couple of weeks and I wanted to write a quick post on  how important and beneficial it is to join AAPA and your local state chapter.  I know I was confused about this at first and so were […]

PA School Update: Surgery Rotation

Surgery Rotation

I had my surgery rotation earlier in the year, but I completely forgot to blog about it.  I think surgery is one of those rotations that makes everyone a little nervous and I was no exception. Here is what my surgery rotation consisted of: Wound Clinic.  There are some really severe wounds out there.  The […]

PA School: Geriatrics Rotation

Sagittal Brain

I finished my geriatrics rotation last week.  It was at a nursing home for veterans. The older men were very sweet and open to letting me talk with them and even practice exams skills like the mini-mental status exam (MMSE).  Like every rotation, I was nervous when I started this one, but as usual, by […]

PA School: Food Prepping for Your Next Rotation

PA School Meal Prep

I get a weekend off in between each rotation and I try to take full advantage of that time.  Besides running errands, I make an effort to do some meal prepping.  One of my favorite things to prep is smoothies: I buy bananas, spinach and strawberries in bulk. I put one banana, two handfuls of […]

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