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  1. Hmm I'm not exactly sure what advice to give as to fix it if that is the culture. Does the program promote it or are they unaware of what is going on? Our class made a facebook page and we commonly use it to ask questions that we need clarification or to share study guides. You could maybe try making one of those to see if you can get the ball rolling as far as increasing cooperation. Other than that, I'm not sure what to tell you. If that environment doesn't change, I would recommend finding a support system outside of your class. Forums like this can be a good place to start. The only other thing I can recommend for your own peace of mind is to avoid that. If you are around people with a toxic attitude, it is very easy to get sucked into that. Show up to class, do your thing, and then leave so you're not exposed to that because it will take a toll on your mind and body.
  2. I completely agree. I just want to make sure people know it's ok to talk about. Especially for those who for whatever reason feel that they can't talk to people involved in their own program.
  3. So I've seen a lot of posts about the anxiety and depression that often accompany PA school on here. I've been there. A lot. I'm a first year PA student about halfway through didactic year. I didn't get diagnosed with a learning disability until after I finished undergraduate where I had spent years being told that I was too dumb to get into PA school and that I needed to start thinking about a new career. It too me three cycles of applying to get in and I was incredibly nervous to start because of how much I struggled in undergrad. I've also had some health issues this past few months which have required a lot of testing and sometimes missing lecture to go to specialty appointments. With everything going on, I have definitely failed some tests and had to complete remediation assignments. I didn't study after class because I would fall asleep sitting up at my desk from the constant fatigue. I hated myself because I couldn't just "work through" being sick and felt like a failure. I'm very lucky in that my program is very supportive. My adviser is constantly checking in with me and reminding me that I am not doing nearly as bad as I think I am. Plus, our program discourages the super competitive environment between classmates so we do a pretty good job of supporting each other. I'm doing better for the most part now, although I still have days where I don't feel confident. That being said. I've seen a lot of people on here talk about how their program isn't supportive and that they don't feel like they can go to their classmates because of the traditional "cut throat" environment. So I just want to say that if that is you (or even if it isn't), you can always message me. Whether you want to exchange study tips or just vent to someone not in your program, I'm here. PA school is hard and I think we need to support each other because trust me when I say, you are not alone. I've had classmates talk to me about experiencing anxiety for the first time in their life because of PA school. So, my inbox is always open if you need to talk.
  4. Hello all, This is a question for anyone who has used the cme4life pharmacology material. I've seen many of the youtube videos and the podcasts about medications but these seem to focus on cardiac medications. Does anyone have any experience with his general pharmacology material and is it worth the investment? I love all of his other materials that I have seen so far.
  5. I have a question if you don't mind. How helpful did you find the pharmacology information? I've seen some of the videos on youtube but these seem to be on the major cardiac medications. Was it helpful for other medications as well?
  6. Hello, When do we get our student email? I was looking at the apartment website they sent us and to use the roommate finder, we have to have our Duke email. How hard was it to find housing, was there a lot of competition? I'm not sure how soon I should start looking for one. Thanks!
  7. I know this is super last minute. I'm in town for an interview this week, is anyone interested in grabbing food or a drink?
  8. I got a call Tuesday morning saying that their accreditation had been restored and they were trying to gauge interest in the program soon. So I'm assuming that means they are seeing who still wants a spot before they make decisions?
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