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  1. I worked as a medical assistant and an EMT/tech in the ER so I've had different amount of clinical/clerical experience in my different jobs. I will say that I have never had a job in the medical field where some sort of that is not a portion of it. Now it might be filing but then when you get to a different job it will be documentation, communicating with lab, pharmacy, etc. But I get how frustrating it is to want to be doing your clinical job and keep getting sidelined. As someone who had some similar experiences, I tried to look at the non-clinical lessons I was learning. Never have I been in a job, medical or not, where there hasn't been one useless coworker that doesn't do anything and it helped me learn how to deal with them diplomatically when all I wanted to do was shake them. I also talked about how it made me realize that I didn't want to be that provider who treated everyone "on the bottom" like they weren't important and just there for filing. The truth is that the office wouldn't run without them. On a personal note, prior authorizations made me want to bang my head into a brick wall until I passed out BUT, they are important. I spent 2 hours on the phone one day but at the end of that I got to call the patient and say that I had gotten their medication covered. I listened to them break down into tears on the phone because they were so relieved and it changed my whole attitude. As corny as it sounds, when I got frustrated with my job and now in PA school when it is common to feel like a failure, I remember this. It is so annoying but so more important to patients than we realize. While it might not be "my job", it is essential to a patient's treatment. The doctor/PA/NP can make the best treatment plan that can help improve their life, but if the patient can't afford it then they are the ones that suffer. So moral of the story. You will probably experience some of this to some degree in most jobs because there is a provider shortage everywhere and there is so much to get done but practices don't always have the money to hire the staff needed. This is especially true in primary care or any rural area. I'm convinced you will always experience that one lazy coworker and you do need to know how to work with them. BUT it sounds like your office is especially terrible, and the racism should not be tolerated. You can try going over your manager's head. Another idea might be to contact human resources and bring it to their attention that the job description does not match your actual duties because in some places there are rules about this. Although if it is a private practice and your manager is also human resources, I can get how that wouldn't be an option. So if it is that damaging to you, you should quit and find a new job. You can always find a way to explain it in the interview.
  2. Be honest with your program. I've had some health problems during didactic and communicated with my adviser, that way if I started struggling, I already had someone in my corner. Better to tell them upfront than wait until things start going really badly.
  3. Find something that helps you and stick with it because in my experience, that feeling does not go away when you're in school. I even know brand new PAs who felt the same way in their first job after school. I've had similar experiences at work in the ER. One night I was able to straight stick a tiny old lady with no veins perfectly the first time and the next night I missed on a young patient who had legitimate pipes in his arm and my only thought was.....what is wrong with me? I try to make a mental list of things I am good at and remind myself when I feel like a failure. I'm way better in our combination sessions where we do case studies than tests. I'm sure you will make friends once classes start and you start going into diagnostic methods because we have a few classmates with similar past experience and they have some great insight! And keep in mind, you're not supposed to know everything yet. You won't even know everything once you are done with class! Sometimes being aware that you don't know everything gives you a healthy level of humility and prevents your ego from getting in the way. Just do your best to apply yourself and learn and be kind to yourself if you don't do as well as you expect. PA school is hard. Even straight A students struggle and that's completely normal.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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?
  11. 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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