PA School Update: My First Clinical Rotation

I am 4 weeks into my first clinical rotation.  So far so good!  I see a lot of patients everyday and I am learning so much.

For those of you who don’t know, I have 1 year of clinical rotations.  A rotation is a 4-5 week block where I am in clinic everyday, as though working full time.  The clinics I will be in include:  family medicine, ER, OB/GYN, psych, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery, internal medicine and an elective.

Dennis managed to catch me walking in from my first day of clinic.

Dennis managed to catch me walking in from my first day of clinic.

I am currently in a family medicine clinic.  Some days are really awesome.  Those are days when I am feeling confident that I actually know what is going on with patients and I am able to have meaningful conversations with them.  Other days people walk in that have a very complicated history and ongoing problems…those days really knock me down.  I suppose that is how medicine  should be. It keeps you from getting over-confident.

The good thing about our clinical rotation year is that we finally have a life again!  Yay!!


We got to go blueberry picking last weekend and I now have 6 quart sized bags full of blueberries in my freezer.  I’m so excited to make blueberry muffins!

Even though I am in clinic most days, I still have to study. I have an exam at the end of every rotation and it is a board-style exam.


The good thing is, the studying is at my own pace and schedule.  Plus, we now have a backyard, which is the best.  I think I spend hours sitting outside every day at that table with my review books.


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  1. Samantha says:

    I really like all of your blogs about rotations! I’m in PA school, and I’ll be starting my first rotation in August, so it’s really nice to read your blogs.

  2. I LOVE your blog.I’m going on rotations soon and I’m very excited.The work didactic year is grueling but I’m sure its worth it!

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