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  1. I have used USMLE Step 2 during didactic year and it is pretty helpful! I also recommend Certification and Recertification for PA's (it's a lime green book)...the green book was very helpful because it has every disease and disorder on the PANCE with hallmarks of everything. I used both of these books a lot for our Clinical Medicine courses.
  2. Hi Everyone, I will be starting clinical rotations in a a few months and I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions for books or reading material for specific rotations or just in general that were helpful enhance the learning process and prepare for the PANCE. Any tips or suggestions would be helpful! Thanks!
  3. Hello Everyone! I am currently starting my third semester of PA school and one of our courses this term is "Medical Ethics". I wanted to reach out to you all to get some advice on a course like this. I have never taken a Philosophy, Ethics, or argumentative course before and from what I hear this course will entail a lot of writing and being able to see both sides of the argument and articulate them well. Having never taken a true Ethics course before, any tips/thoughts/suggestions on how to best prepare myself for this course and the writing it entails? Thanks in advance!
  4. Just so you know, there is now graduate housing at Mount Union that is a bit cheaper than off-campus! Definitely not something you have to do but I just wanted to let people know that it is an option at Mount Union now! Most people live at Potter's Creek or Liberty Heights, but there is also Carriage Hill apartments too!
  5. Mount Union was my top choice as well. But don't let that get in your head during your interview. I remember being even more nervous for their interview even after interviewing at other schools the month before because I felt I had more pressure to do well because I wanted to go there so bad. Seriously, be yourself I can't emphasize that enough. Be honest and genuine. Show them why YOU are a good fit for the program and tell them why they are your first choice! That's really all you can do. Your application got you this far, now show them why YOU are a good candidate and ALWAYS BE POSITIVE. Don't say anything negative about other programs or your undergraduate school just stay positive. There are so many things I love about this program. The first is it is VERY professional and we are held to a very high standard in everything we do. We always dress professional for class and anything we do outside of the community. The professors are approachable and always willing to help. We have a fairly small class size (36 in the year ahead of us and 40 in our class), which I like because there is more one on one time available in labs, etc., if you need it. I also am thrilled for the success of this program so far, they have many recent graduates who have just landed outstanding jobs this year and their clinical rotation capacity keeps growing! Trust me, it's a wonderful university to choose to go to PA school! I could go on and on :) I also just love Mount Union in general, specifically the campus and town (it's small and easy to get around and I like that).
  6. Congratulations! That's very exciting. All I can say is be yourself, be honest, and show them why you want and deserve to be a PA!
  7. We only have 3 Mount alumni in my class right now and I'm pretty sure that there were quite a few who applied last year. Mount takes their application/interview process very seriously, so they may offer interviews to Mount graduates but that doesn't necessarily mean you are a shoe-in for the program. I wish you the best of luck!
  8. The interview style can always change from year to year at any school, so what I tell you may not be true for this year. I would expect a few individual interviews with faculty/staff/current PA's that graduated from the program, as well as a tour of the main PA building to conclude the interview day.
  9. I did not receive my interview e-mail until the end of September and I interviewed in November! I think that there were interviews in October, but I honestly can't remember for sure.
  10. Hi Everyone, Current student at UMU...post any questions that you might have!
  11. Hi Everyone, I am currently a first year PA student that is starting to think more about clinical rotations (because this year is going to fly)! I am looking for specific rotations in Emergency Medicine, Psych, Peds and Geriatrics (or any) around the Akron/Canton/Wooster area. My school has some sites set up already, but these are rotations that they currently lack any affiliations with. I will be living around the area stated above during my clinical year and would love any contact with good preceptors you have had that would be willing to precept myself. Any tips, connections or insights would be great! Thanks!
  12. I have not gone on clinical rotations yet (just finishing up my first summer semester), but we have been practicing this a lot in History and Physical Exam I and our professor (who is a practicing PA) told us that if you say "Physician Assistants are state-licensed healthcare providers that can perform physician services under supervision from a physician" seems to work. It allows the patient to know you are a licensed provider and that you also work closely with the physician to make sure they are getting the best care. I totally understand if that seems bizarre, but I hope it helps. I am a "newbie" at this, since I'm only a semester in to didactic year but I hope it helps anyway!
  13. I'm so excited to hear that you are interested in becoming a PA! I am not a PA either, but I will be starting PA school in May so I know a little about the process from high school to undergrad and finally applying. First off, I have been a CNA for a year now and it has definitely been one of the best experiences to solidify that becoming a PA is definitely what I want to do for the rest of my life. If you can, try to get a job as a CNA in a hospital because you will get to see MANY professions at work their including PA's. This will give you a broader experience so you can see all options available to you. As a CNA one thing I have learned is that I DO NOT want to be a nurse. I respect their profession but it is not something I would ever see myself doing for the rest of my life. Second, I agree with trying to take as many pre-reqs for all options as you can. The good thing about PA school is you don't necessarily have to major in a science in undergrad, you can major in anything you want but just as long as you fulfill the pre-reqs. So keep your options open! Lastly, SHADOW A PA. If you think being a derm PA is what you want to do. Shadow one. Aside from being a CNA, my experiences shadowing PA's have only solidified my want and desire to BE ONE OF THEM. If you have any more questions, just ask!
  14. Do you have any recommendations for preceptors at CC?? Thanks for the response!
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