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  1. Just FYI - Good : Salus has regained it's accreditation this year! Gained some really good faculty from Arcadia Bad : Attrition rate for our class is around 10%. Our new program director is making a lot of new rules to make sure we have a good PANCE rate. There will be a cumulative final at the end of didactic year that you need to pass or else you have to repeat 1st year. Also, if you fail more than one PAEA EOR exam, you get kicked out as well.
  2. Hi I was wondering if you guys had any recommendations on good pharmacology resources that you've used religiously for rotations and in practice? Pharm Recall, MPR, anything else?
  3. Sorry guys...I meant outpatient. Thank you for your responses. I asked a friend who is a pediatrician, and she said that since it is a higher grade fever, focal crackles, more acute sx - prescribe amoxicillin. If it was a lower grade fever, more diffuse lung sounds, less acute symptoms - more likely to be Mycoplasma and in this case, prescribe Zpak. Answer was amoxicillin in this question.
  4. Hi I was doing a question in Rosh Review and I was wondering if you guys would prescribe Amoxicillin in this situation below? A 12-year-old girl presents to clinic with one day of cough, fever to 102°F, and extreme fatigue. She is awake and alert but appears tired. Her oxygen saturation is 95%, and respiratory rate is 15 breaths per minute. Lung auscultation reveals fine crackles in the left upper lobe. Which of the following is treatment of choice? AAmoxicillinCorrect Answer BAzithromycinYour Answer Explanation: Azithromycin (B) is the treatment of choice for atypical bacterial pneumonia, which are commonly caused byMycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia pneumoniae. In comparison to typical bacterial pneumonias, atypical bacterial pneumonias have a more insidious onset and subacute course. Lung auscultation typically reveals diffuse, non-focal abnormalities, and chest radiographs reveals perihilar or interstitial infiltrates. Sidenote: Current and PPP recommend a macrolide as the DOC for outpatient CAP...
  5. Hello I was wondering what Q banks were worth investing to study for EOR exams and the PANCE? I've heard great things about Hippo, CME4Life, Rosh Review, Kaplan...so I was just wondering if anyone had a preference between them?
  6. Thanks for everyone who posted in this thread, and validated that these feelings during rotations are normal, and it gets better. Definitely needed this! :) A lot of my friends are in med school too, and there are times where I pondered if that was a better route in gaining comfort and security around clinical judgements/decisions. But then, I think about the amount of responsibility, sacrifices, and burdens made to get to being a doctor - and I'm so glad I'm in PA school instead :P
  7. Try to use mnemonics! It works wonders, when difficult names are hard to retain/recall. Likewise, studying with someone and testing each other is incredibly helpful! Team up with your classmates to tackle notes. Recording and relistening lectures are more helpful than you think...it tends to slow you down when you are studying, and more often that not, you miss little things that your professor stresses upon during class that might be on the test. Always try to go for active learning methods. Quizlets saved me so much during didactic year, and it's free too :)
  8. If you guys had a choice and could move anywhere to practice when you first start out as a PA, where would it be?
  9. What do you look for in a PA applicant, and what would you recommend for a PA student before starting your residency? How much does EM clinical experience, undergrad/PA school GPA, and PANCE scores play a role in the application process?
  10. Yeah I have the 3 too and I hate how heavy the head is! I used to carry it around my neck, but it always fell off, so I resorted to a stethoscope belt lol. Just curious, if anyone has tried the new version yet...
  11. Thoughts on this new stethoscope compared to cardiology 3?
  12. There's a substantial difference between didactic year and clinical year. Attendance in a classroom vs attendance in the clinic/hospital. Attendance in your seat listening to a lecturer talk vs attendance in seeing/treating patients, interacting with medical professionals, etc. Missing class vs missing a grand surgery round...the list goes on.
  13. My original intent was to discuss if mandatory attendance is really necessary for PA school. I don't advocate skipping every single lecture. I'm just bringing up the subject whether a student can use their discretion more on going to lectures, since PA school is a graduate level program, and we're all adults (soon to be colleagues) here... I think it's also a bit ridiculous to equate 100% attendance to professionalism....We had to deal with this mandatory attendance thing from preK to high school, and I don't think it taught us to be more professional at all... Missing some didactic classes in PA school for most students is to maximize time efficiency and learning ability, because there is so little time to learn a great deal of information in one year... If anything, I do agree though that the 100% attendance policy for clinical year is more of an indication of professionalism / respect, since that correlates to what is expected in the real world / on the job
  14. Are you implying Pa school teaches "professionalism" through mandatory attendance? I think it's also a really generalized assumption to say that young people coming out of college are not professional or as professional as an older candidate. Possibly more experience fine tunes interpersonal skills...but I strongly believe that age does not dictate maturity / professionalism.
  15. I feel like physical diagnosis and clinical medicine should definitely be taught in the classroom, since they are more hands on learning subjects. But for some of the other didactic classes, I really do feel there is no more of a benefit in being in the classroom vs not being in the classroom listening to the same lecture online. They're times when I would be studying all night for a test in the morning - and then have to sit through lecture until 7pm, physically and mentally exhausted, - sometimes dozing off or sleeping through a class (not proud of this)...I honestly think that's more disrespectful than not being in the classroom at all. I feel like your brain can take only so much in one setting...and mandatory class attendance sometimes can hurt the student more than it can benefit a student.
  16. Personally, I feel like if you got into PA school - you're highly ambitious, eager to learn medicine, and definitely not a slacker. I don't think I'm better than anyone else...I just feel like you should be able to have the freedom to learn how you want to learn, especially if you're paying so much tuition to get that education in the first place. Some of my teachers don't put in effort in their lectures, and use someone else's lecture or haven't updated their lectures in 20 years...Time really is so precious in PA school, and I feel like if the lecture is not helpful or a waste in time, it's better to rely on another resource. I think a reason a lot of PA programs compared to med schools keep the attendance mandatory is because if there's a bad lecturer and attendance is optional, it'll look bad on the program if only a few people show up because there's only a limited amount of people in the program compared to med schools which have >200 people in a class usually. Please, let's keep this cordial and not make assumptions or accusations on this thread. I'm curious/interested in hearing both sides of this issue! :)
  17. Our school requires us to be in class, or they'll dock points off our grade. I'm definitely a self-learner and like to go on my own pace, and would rather listen to lectures at home than in the classroom. Sometimes our teachers aren't very helpful/engaging...and it's better to just read the slides or the book instead of listening to them banter. I just feel like it's such a waste of time to sit in class when you're mentally not there...anyone feel me lol?
  18. Anyone believe that classes in PA school should not be mandatory, but rather optional - just like med school?
  19. I was wondering when did you all start the job-hunting process? Is it too early to apply to jobs before you've taken the PANCE? Any helpful resources/tips you've used to help make the first job exploration a little easier? :P
  20. Yes unfortunately I am (I kid). If you guys have any general questions, feel free to ask or PM me!
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