PA School: What Should I Major In?

I frequently get asked about what to major in during undergrad. For those of you who are curious, my undergrad was in biochemistry, but any major is fine, as long as you have the prerequisites required for the schools you are applying to for admission.  Each school’s prerequisites are different, but usually you need anatomy, physiology, […]

PA School: Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Graduated

1.  Your supervising physician has to sign a lot of your paperwork for licensure.  This means you need a supervising physician, aka a job.  This wasn’t a big deal for me since I had a job before I graduated, but it was an issue for a few of my classmates.  I guess we thought you could […]

PANCE Review Course

The PA program I graduated from highly suggested that students take a board review course before taking the PANCE.  As a student I did not know what to expect, or if it was even necessary.  My biggest concern was how much money it cost ($400-$1000). I decided to do the 3-day board review course instead […]

Physician Assistant Graduation

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 […]

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

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

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

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

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 […]

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