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  1. Often people tell me I'm so lucky to have finished PA school at such a young age. And Lucky I am, but at the same time It's not about luck It's about how hard you work for something and how bad you want something. Ever since I got into college I knew I wanted to study medicine , At that point I didn't know about the PA profession but once i found out my second semester it became everything I worked for. I sacrificed the college life and took 18 hours a semester while being a college cheerleader, volunteering , job shadowing, Oh and trying to become a US resident.
  2. So I've received several requests asking me how to handle rotations in which your preceptor or staff may not like you or give you a difficult time. My biggest advise to this is be yourself and remember : " It's not about you , its about the patient " It does get hard , but you are there to become a better provider . It's a challenge but try and learn the most you can from that rotation. Even learning how you DON'T want to be as a provider, how you would want to change things if you were ever a preceptor yourself. I have faced uncomfortable situations in r
  3. I found it extremely helpful however it was more helpful as I was preparing for PANCE but i will def recommend.
  4. Hi ! I would take breaks often between studying, small breaks would be made up about 15 min -- these breaks i would walk around get some air, check my phone, call my husband etc Long breaks i would go to the gym or nap depending on where i was at mentally. BUT you will need breaks and I felt very strong about them so i always scheduled them ! Listen to your body , you will know if you need a nap, or to step away from the books a bit. Quality of studying over quantity of studying. Any questions message me or follow my blog melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com
  5. How to study during clinical year Hey everyone ! I have a lot of people reaching out to me on clinical rotations and how to study during this year. Every program is different , in my program as well as a lot of programs are known to have End of Rotations exam that are written by PAEA. Meaning we had state regulated exams for Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Ob/Gyn, psychiatry, Pediatrics . The PAEA offers End of rotation exam blue prin
  6. Hey everyone ! Melissa Gutierrez MPAS, PA-C , graduated December 2017. thought I would share my experience of failing during PA school Today I will write about my hardships during PA school , specifically failing. YES I did fail while in PA school, I'm human and I struggled. I failed the medicine part of the neurological module-- it was the last module of the fall semester , and I was tired. Neurology throughout PA school was something i struggled with , it wasn't my strenght. During them module I would get easily confused and overwhelmed with the information. It was app
  7. I got diagnosed with hashimoto's hypothyroidism Hello all , I recently shared on my social media about my recent diagnosis with hypothyroidism. I have received a great outpouring on people with similar symptoms or people diagnosed with hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism that don't quite understand these disorders so i decided to write about them. Both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism affects your thyroid gland howeve
  8. How to prevent burn out ? Hey everyone ! hope your week is going great. This is a popular topic in any student -- the burn out. Sometimes we over do it and we exhaust ourselves. My biggest advise here is listen to your body-- your body knows when its tired, when it needs sleep, rest, food , a break. It took me a while to figure this out -- I thought I was superwoman and I could handle sleeping 2-3 hours , being in class all day, workout, study, and try to make time for my love
  9. Hi first of all CONGRATULATIONS, this is a huge accomplishment . I'm Melissa Gutierrez Perez MPAS-PA-C. Just became a licensed PA this last month , and finished PA school December 2017. It is so normal to be nervous. I actually have a blog and talked today about preparing for the first year of PA school today. First and foremost the 1st semester is the hardest because you are going to be trying to figure out what works best for you. My first tip is get a planner and stay organized . Divide your time in between classes wisely, figure out what books you like to use
  10. Hi ! Melissa Gutierrez -Perez MPAS, PA-C. Personal opinion is to forget about it, you have a good GPA , and good HCE hours. Now be prepared for them to ask why you got that C. I myself had once C in chemistry before I applied , I was in the same boat but didn't want to prolong my application. So i decided to keep it. My C was in the first semester of undergrad, and in all honesty i was taking 3 sciences , 3 labs and working 2 jobs to put me through school , therefore I struggled .I barely was getting used to the college work load and trying to figure my study habits out, after tha
  11. thank you ! Yes I sent everything that was required for pre licensing in december only thing pending was me passing boards which I did beginning of february so I'm just waiting now ! Hopefully I hear back soon.
  12. Hi all ! Melissa Gutierrez MPAS , PA-C here with some other tips for didactic year Happy Monday ! Another start to a wonderful week. Today I will talk about the hardest part of the 1st year of PA school. There is several difficult challenges for the 1st year here I will list what I had a hard time with. #1 - WORK LOAD . PA school WILL BE THE HARDEST THING YOU EVER HAVE TO DO , I can assure you that. The work load is intense , you are expected to learn so much material in so little time. One of the hardest parts of PA school will be preparing for these exams ; quick tip : a lot
  13. Hi all , I'm Melissa Gutierrez MPAS , PA-C. Passed my boards February 8th, moved into licensing february 20th. Now waiting on my temporary license and licensing anyone know how long it takes for these to typically go out, im desperate to start working.
  14. Thank you & keep working hard and you will be in my shoes very soon ! I loved the university i attended and i do believe i was well trained, for boards and for practicing. The curriculum is module based something that I really liked , seeing all of cardiology from pathophysiology, anatomy, pharmacology, clinical medicine, patient education vs seeing different organ systems in each class worked for me. They do a lot on preparing you for boards, such as the multitude of exams that are directly taken from the NCCPA blue print,end of rotation exams by PAEA in your clinical year
  15. If you haven't heard from any of the above i would recommend calling or e-mailing to ask where you application process is at by this time they should have made a decision on one of those 3.
  16. Hello All I'm a recent graduate from UTRGV , class of 2017, Just recently passed my boards so officially a PA-C. I myself was accepted from the alternate, they always have an alternate list even as they haven't closed out the class-- why ? well maybe there is something another applicant had that we possibly didn't. So they begin creating a list from individuals they think would be ready to take the spots in case people reject, don't answer, back out etc. My advise is stay relevant, I would send e-mails, kept shadowing , updating my resume and sending it in. Set up meetings with
  17. Hello All, Melissa Gutierrez MPAS PA-C I wrote today in my blog how to stand out in clinical rotations below is my thread and my link to my blog hope it helps. HOW TO STAND OUT IN ROTATIONS Popular topic on my thread is how to stand out in rotations, This can be for any medical professional or anyone doing hours of shadowing . I did extremely well in all my rotations and got positive feedback from all my preceptors . # 1 RULE is BE HUMBLE !!! Remember y
  18. Hi Im Melissa Gutierrez-Perez MPAS-PA-C. I have a blog and thought I would share today's topic on this thread. IF you like it follow my blog - melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com STANDING OUT Hello all, another recent thread I've seen in my e-mails is people asking what helps their personal statement stand out. Honestly this is the only part of your application that shows your personality and a little about yourself, Everything else is grades, resumes , experience BUT what I believe will help you stand out -- a good personal statement. Often w
  19. I PASSED MY BOARDS! GUESS WHO is a PA-C! Hello Everyone , Now I can Officially Say I'm a PA-C. Thank you for all the warm messages wishing me good luck ! I'm so proud to be able to share every step of my journey with all of you. I have received several e-mails on topics and I decided to write about what helped me prepare for my boards. It's so amazing to see so many individuals getting ready for their PANCE as early as when they get accepted. This is the attitude to have, you beging preparing for PANCE day 1 not after you graduate.
  20. Hi , Melissa Gutierrez-Perez recent Certified Physician Assistant from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley. I love that you are concerned a huge part of her success in PA school will be having a good support system. I have learned a huge determining factor is the personal statement. Out of the whole application this is the only section where they get to know the person . Sometimes we give weak personal statements, many of us will include that we are passionate about helping people and the medical field ( truth is they already know that ) they want to know WHY you're passionate a
  21. Hello, I just took my PANCE February 2nd , and now officially passed so I'm a PA-C. I also took PAKRAT while in the program. The style of questions are similar, the way they word and the dynamic of the questions carry on to PANCE, however the PANCE was harder ( slightly) . By this I mean it was more broad and obviously the length of exam plays a factor. However if you did well on PAKRAT then that's a good indicator for PANCE. Continue to use the study material you have been and keep practicing questions. I have a blog that talks about my journey feel free to follow : melissa-gutie
  22. I'm glad it helped. Whatever you are preparing for , you got this. keep working hard !
  23. Hello all , I'm a recent graduate from UTRGV Class of 2017, Passed PANCE February 8th and now officially a PA-C. Im passionate about sharing my journey in every aspect and I have a blog. Below i shared today's blog if its something you enjoy please follow my blog and email me im here to help melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com Face your Fears- Live your Dreams I have noticed a constant pattern of the e-mails I've received . Either for people applying to the program , people in the program , or people preparing for the PANCE fear is something that I get constantl
  24. Hello all, I recently passed the PANCE and now I'm a PA-C will be sharing my journey from PA- school , study tips , preparing for boards, cases in the real world, etc here's my link : http://melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com/
  25. My name is Melissa Gutierrez MPAS-PA Currently studying for boards. I graduated from this amazing program feel free to follow my blog and e-mail me for tips, advice, etc. melissa-gutierrez.simplesite.com
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