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  1. Hematology Lecture 3 of 4 lectures (There will be more posted shortly) (3 videos cover this lecture). PathoPhysiology most likely to be on the PANCE / PANRE examination for Physician Assistants. PA Board Review.org https://youtu.be/brPGRT-iZJM https://youtu.be/QTui5Crqrns https://youtu.be/nbDRT2AQcuw The first two lectures and other videos can be found on our YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKgGXStZuUzOrpELK-6IX4A Any feedback or suggestions to improve (Enhance the delivery) please let me know. Thanks, Wesley M. Norwood PA-C
  2. Evidence Based Learning at www.PABoardReview.org I have spoken to a large number of student and practicing PAs who are preparing to take the PANCE or PANRE. I noticed those who have an aptitude for studying and scoring well on exams don't know necessarily how they do it. The most common response I hear is: "I just do". By the way I used to be in the, "Not so good at taking tests" category. I had a lot of anxiety in preparing for and taking exams because of my lack of skills. Taking examinations and scoring well is not an intelligence issue but a skill that can be mastered. I have invested an extensive amount of time in the evidence of studying for and scouring well on medical exams. I have written one of those critical skill below. Any feedback is welcome. Have you ever studied for a long period of time (Reading, video, audio). And while studying everything makes sense. You go to bed, wake up the next morning and you don't remember a fraction of what you studied. How does this happen? How do we correct for this wasted time? Dr. John W. Pelley a neurobiologist and professor at Texas Tech University medical school explains it this way. When we are reading new information. There is temporary phosphorylation at the neuron synapses. The signal (Phosphorylation) has a half-life for some time. If no active decision is made while studying (i.e active learning) the signal decays and no memory is made. The way to correct for this wasted time is by actively making decision while learning. Joe Gilboy gives details in his lectures, on how to best achieve this style of learning. One of the concepts Joe shares, is to take a disease and write down broad details of what you know about that condition. By doing this you are required to use both cognitive (memory, decision making) and motor function (Writing what you know in a liner fashion). Dr. Pelly explains it this way. The use of information to make a decision and action sustains the signal between the neuron synapses (phosphorylation) which leads to gene activation. Which leads to synthesis of new proteins and consolidation. The end result is memory. Don’t fall into the false sense of learning by merely covering vast amounts of information. Always use active learning techniques while studying. More on this in future posts.
  3. How to deal with excessive TEST ANXIETY I am a high stress / high anxiety test taker. I took and passed the PANRE in 8/2014. Here is some of the research I did to help deal with the stress. A study in the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment compared thirty five university students with ADHD and one hundred and eighty five typical peers on measures of speed, test anxiety, reading comprehension, vocabulary, test taking skills and time management. Surprisingly there was no significant differences between students with and without ADHD outside test anxiety. There was significant differences with anxiety during, and perceptions of, test taking. It appears that students with ADHD perform similarly to peers on timed reading tests, although they perception of performance was less and worried significantly about their performance. The take home message is that if you suffer from test taking anxiety it is important not to label yourself, drop the negative thoughts. The label is a cognitive disorder and will do more harm than good. Strategies for overcoming test anxiety. 1. Be prepared i.e. Joe’s @PABoardReview.org or other accredited test prep. programs, PANCE/PANRE review books. 2. Practice test questions in duration and complexity that mimic the PANCE/PANRE 3. Meditation. The PA Program @Touro University Nevada teach their students Koru “Jon Kabat-Zinn” University of Mass Mindfulness for stress relief. Reference: Test Anxiety and College Students With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment September 1, 2014 32: 548-557
  4. Joe was recently at Touro University in NV teaching a PANCE preparation course. One evening we conducted and recorded our first live question and answer webinar. The webinar was recorded and can be found at: http://www.paboardreview.org/categories/blog LIVE ONLINE with PA Board Review Many of the questions that are posed on this site were asked and answered. Joe gave some excellent insight. A few of the questions that were asked and answered are: 1. What should I do if I failed the PANCE? I went in with confidence, having studied a bunch. 2. Please walk me through a sample vignette question and how you would attack and answer the question. This is a sample criteria that was presented the NCCPA https://www.nccpa.net/PDFs/Nephrology%20Critiques.pdf 3. What questions would you study in order to prepare for the PANCE? 4. Do you think buying the NCCPA practice questions would be beneficial? If you are interested in attending our next live question and answer webinar in two weeks send me a message and I will get you an invite via gotomeeting. Wes
  5. http://www.paboardreview.org PANCE/PANRE My Names is Wesley Norwood, a certified Physician Assistant practicing Allergy and immunology in Utah. I had to re-certify this past year and was faced with the challenge of having to do so with a very busy schedule. I purchased an on-line course. I purchased practice questions. I bought a review book. I was putting in persistent time in studying for the PANRE but felt like I was retaining much of the information I had reviewed. I ended up calling Joe Gilboy an instructor who I met in 2008 when he was hired by Touro University Nevada to provide a three day PANCE course to our graduating class. He has been practicing Emergency Medicine for more then twenty years and teaching for over fifteen. Joe is old school and has been traveling to more than fifteen different schools throughout the country providing a PANCE/PANRE course. I partnered with Joe and made his lectures available online. PABoardReview.org Course will include: • A One Year Subscription to our services • Over 400 test questions • One hard copy of the latest PA Board Review Book* (US residents only). • Access to updated digital PDF copies of the PA Board Review Book • LIVE webinar's by Joe and guests reviewing concepts and material. • Updates to content as the changing landscape of the PANCE / PANRE evolves. Joe is backed by a team of IT and PA-C’s professionals who have two goals in mind; • First, to help you prepare for, and pass the PANRE/PANCE examination(s). • Second, to aid you in reaching your goals as a successful PA. http://www.paboardreview.org Watch the NEW Hepatitis - B Video ________________________________________ Joe Gilboy reviews Hepatitis B in this highly sought after segment of the PA Board Review Please feel free to contact us with any questions about our services: Marc Zabo 801-648-9848 Marc@PABoardReview.org Wes Norwood 435-669-4289 Wes@PABoardReview.org Joe Gilboy Joe@PABoardReview.org
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