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  1. Yeah, if you are ever planning on having kids, you'll want an otoscope.
  2. As long as a program has some accreditation status from the ARC-PA at some point while you are enrolled, you will be eligible to take the PANCE. A program cannot seat a class without provisional status. A program that loses its accreditation cannot enroll new students but it is required to "teach out" the students already enrolled. These students can all sit for the PANCE.
  3. In general, people don't survive PA school by being a super-genius. They survive on planning, organization, setting priorities, and good time management. These are all learnable skills. Learning them early can make for a less painful transition to PA school.
  4. Many students will find that study skills that worked in undergrad start to break down in PA school. There's a bunch of reasons for this. Speak with your advisor. In general, there is a limited number of things that go wrong: Did you prepare enough? Have enough contact time with the material? Are your study skills effective? Did you practice recall? Did you use poor test taking techniques? (Not pace yourself well, change answers, etc.) If you feel like you need a study skills overhaul, I recommend the book Teach Yourself How to Learn by Saundra McGuire.
  5. All the neuroscience and learning psychology folks will tell you that handwriting notes is much superior to typing. With that, I'd consider handwriting notes and scanning them, or getting something like an iPad with a stylus and writing on that.
  6. I'd be worried that this is secret code for the surgeon is not a nice human being.
  7. Once you start using a second monitor, you'll never want to go back to using one. It makes life much easier, and you can probably get one relatively inexpensively with Labor Day sales if you look around.
  8. It's usually best to formally resign so it's clear you initiated the process (and not the facility) and that no disciplinary issues were involved. If you fail to send in paperwork, you might get "suspended" which is usually reportable to future employers.
  9. Start with your school counseling center. You are paying for their services, so you might as well use them. When students feel like this, they often feel like they are the only person in the world with these problems, like there is something "wrong" with them. There are other people in you class that feel this way. There are tons of graduates of your program that felt this way and are now happily practicing. The counseling center at your school are experts in dealing with student specific issues. Whatever you tell them, they have heard dozens of times before. See what they can offe
  10. The most common mistake I see students make is not practicing recall. If you want to get good at something you have to practice it. An exam tests your ability to recall, so you need to recall when you study. I have seen many students use reading as their study strategy. They read through the material 100 times. They get to the point where they are very fluent with the material. They know what is on the next page. They know what is in the blue box on the upper corner of the right hand page. This cause them to feel like they know the material very well. When it comes time to take the
  11. This was very much my experience as well. In undergrad, I took a lot of courses that I had to take. In PA school, I took the courses I wanted to take. Studying for calculus was torture. I probably spent many more hours studying things like pharm and physio, but the material was so interesting it was almost like it was not studying. I might be atypical, but I'll still read some pharm or physio during my "pleasure reading" time. I spent a couple of months in PA school waiting for the torture to start. It never happened, even though I was putting in many more hours than I did in undergrad. Y
  12. We admit students through a BS/MS program and directly to the MS program and we try to keep it somewhat even. It creates a nice mix. The younger students have a good deal of "academic endurance" and know how to plow through exams and keep up with studying. The folks that have been out of school for a while and have worked and made car payment and dealt with rent often have better "street smarts." The groups learn from each other. In the end, if you look at the two populations exam for exam, course for course, preceptor eval for preceptor eval, and PANCE score for PANCE score, there's not
  13. It's completely up to you, but the sooner you let them know, the more time they will have to try to develop a plan. They will want to know what your intentions are - take minimal time off and stay on schedule, take a leave and delay graduation, etc. You will want to think about contingencies for if you deliver early or late, or need a c-section. If you do gross anatomy, you need to think about being around chemical fumes all day - possibly not a good idea especially in early pregnancy. . We have had a number of students have children during both didactics and clinicals. Some stayed on sc
  14. Like others have said above, credits mean different things to different institutions. If you want to get a realistic sense of the workload, your best bet is to get a copy of the weekly course schedule for each semester and see how many hours are spent in each class. Big credit courses are often things like physical exam lab which require a lot of hands-on practice, but are perhaps a little less demanding in terms of material compared to something like pharm or physio.
  15. It's hard times for everyone, faculty included. No one goes into teaching to use Zoom all day. Make sure you get some fresh air and exercise. I'd also try to arrange some "social" Zoom meetings with classmates. You can still support each other. A virtual happy hour here and there can go a long way.
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