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  1. Our program is starting rotations soon and we are using standardized end of rotation exams though the PAEA. What are the best books to use to prepare for these exams or any end of rotation exam? Thanks in advance!
  2. Physician Assistant FAQ! Some insight for pre-PAs! On career, lifestyle, school, studying, and more. Hope you like!
  3. Hey guys! I was wondering if anyone on here has used Picmonic. If so, what did you think? Is it worth the cost? I'm just wondering cuz there's a sale on and I'm considering the purchase... TIA
  4. Current or previous students, what kinds of activities or other things did you do between studying. I know there will be endless material to study, but breaks will be essential to stay sane. Any tips or suggestions for splitting up long study sessions? What worked best for you?
  5. For sale I have a like new copy of The Final Step from Physician Assistant Exam Review. This book is written by Brian Wallace (creator of the Physician Assistant Exam Review Podcast) and includes over 1,200 short review questions. In addition to the paperback text, I also will supply the PDF version of the book as well as the audiobook (which is excellent for quizzing yourself during car rides). I just recently passed my PANCE and The Final Step was a big part of my study regimen. It really helps with buzzowords and key terms that I felt not only helped me do well, but also helped me to answer questions with efficiency during the exam. Please let me know if you are interested in purchasing and we can coordinate something. Thanks! http://www.physicianassistantexamreview.com/thefinalstep/ Jordan
  6. I work full time M-F in orthopedic surgery. However, there are no weekends/nights/holidays/call. What kind of side jobs do you guys have? I know per diem in urgent care is a good option, but I've only ever done ortho since graduating 1.5 years ago and I think it would be hard finding a place to train for occasional work. Any options for working from home? Thanks in advance.
  7. Hi, I am a little over 4 months from graduating and looking for PANCE study resources. I hate buying new when there's perfectly good used materials out there and hopefully save a couple $$. Namely, I am looking for Davis's PA Exam Review, Lange Q&A Physician Assistant Examination, 7th Ed., and PANCE Prep Pearls, however never taken the exam, I am open to try any other study material that helped you pass! Thanks so much. Joe
  8. 9 month Pathoma subscription available through 11/20/2017!! Pathoma helped me get through my didactic year of PA school and I've continued to refer to it throughout my clinical year for a quick review and reference on the pathology behind many disorders. I have 9 months left of an original 21-month subscription for sale for $60. I'll also include a PDF of the Fundamentals of Pathology textbook, valued at $54.99 on Amazon. Normal Pathoma subscription: regular 3 month price is $84.95, regular 21 month subscription is $119.95 Payment can be made via PayPal or Venmo. PM for more details and I will get back to you on the same day.
  9. Selling my CME4Life 16-DVD review series. Topics are separated by disc and include the following: 1. Pharmacology 2. Pulmonary 3. GI/Nutritional 4. Neurology 5. Cardiology 6. EKG Interpretation 7. EENT(Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat) 8. Endocrine 9. Reproductive 10. Infectious Disease 11. Dermatologic 12. Musculoskeletal 13. Psych 14. Radiology 15. Hematologic 16. Bugs and Drugs This series was definitely helpful for studying when you just didn't feel like reading anymore or needed better ways to remember certain topics. Was able to pass my boards by using these, along with PANCE Prep Pearls and the Kaplan Q Bank. Note: One of the DVD boxes has a cracked off corner. The box will still close completely and stay shut. The DVDs are not damaged/ scratched. I only watched each DVD a handful of times, so they are basically brand new. Retail is $499. Selling my DVDs for $400. PayPal only. Message me if interested.
  10. 2nd-year student here only 7-months til graduation. I am starting to study for the PANCE and would like to pass the first time. Any recommendations for study materials? What do you all think about using the SMARTY PANCE (http://smartypance.com/) website for preparation? Are there any recommended online courses or material you would recommend? Thank you in advance for any advice. Respectfully, A very worried PAS-2
  11. Hi, Just wondering if anyone knows anything about Chapman University's PA program (other than what is posted on their website)? Thought I could start a thread because I haven't seen any so far. It looks like the program will be matriculating their first class in January 2015. Some interesting features to point out are that they don't seem to have any required HCE hours, but require 50 hours of documented PA shadowing. They also require a Medical Ethics class as a prereq which I feel is unusual. Since they also have a bridge program that accepts undergrads directly from Chapman, I can't help but wonder if the program is aimed at younger students fresh out of undergrad (kind of like myself...) as well as Chapman students specifically. I'm not from the area, so I wonder how the clinical sites will be...? Now that Marshall B. Ketchum is also getting going, there may be competition between the two schools for preceptors in the orange county area...??? Anyone know about their reputations? Any information out there would be greatly appreciated! I'm pretty hesitant about applying to any new, provisionally accredited programs and if someone could tell me whether or not my worries are well-founded, that would be great. Thinking if I should even apply.
  12. Hi Everyone! I'm a few months away from my PANCE and have heard great (and not so great) things about both Hippo and CME4Life. I would love any feedback from anybody who has experience (or a coupon code ;) ) with either.
  13. Hi everyone, I'm interested in getting access to the Kaplan Qbank until the end of September and wondered if anyone wants to sell their access codes. I'm currently using Lange, Davis's, and Exam Master, and have played around with the Rosh Review questions but have heard Kaplan questions are a good challenge. Please PM me if you're willing to sell. I'd also be interested in getting access to Rosh Review for a good price. Thanks! Amanda
  14. I have John Bielinski's CME4Life PA-Prep Focus for sale. I just took the PANRE and did well. I think I paid $175 at a conference for the book with the 16 CDs. Looking for $95, according to my wife the book is in "excellent used condition with a small bend in the cover". I did not write in the book. Let me know if interested. Thought I'd post here prior to listing on Ebay or Amazon.
  15. BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP-BEEP! You’ve hit the snooze button twice already and class starts in 30 minutes. Deep down you find the strength to roll out of bed and just make it to the coffee machine. The floor is cold on your feet and you want nothing more than to be back in the mountain of blankets and pillows you just crept out of. After rubbing the sleep from your eyes and drinking that first sip of warm hazelnut coffee you open the daily planner on your desk and observe your agenda for the day. You’ll be on campus for class from 8-3:30 in the afternoon. After class you have work from 4-11pm. As soon as you clock out from work you’ve planned to go straight to the library. You expect to be there most of the evening and into the wee hours of the morning to study for the anatomy exam you have at 11 the following day. The schedule is daunting and you place your head in your hands, close your eyes and try to imagine how you’re going to get through this day. Each and every day for the past 3 years this was my reality. Waking up and feeling like the weight of the world would be too much for me that day was a constant struggle. Sure it was easy to give up and quit, but then I reminded myself of all the goals and aspirations I wanted to accomplish in the near future. Life doesn’t slow down for anyone. In order to keep up, I had to push forward with each day in order to get one step closer to my dream of becoming a physician assistant. As a health major I have learned that good health goes beyond simply the absence of disease and this term encompasses all aspects of a person’s life including their physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental health. My shadowing experience with a cardiologist and his PA, Sarah, really opened my eyes to the role that health professionals play in their patients’ lives. Many of the patients that were coming in with heart disease were severely overweight and this put a heavy strain on their heart and their day to day activities, such as going to work and caring for their families. It was incredible to see how Sarah used her knowledge and expertise in the field of medicine to help her patients understand how important it is to pay special attention to their health. A healthy person nearly always has the capacity to do more and experience more. With my degree in allied health I hope to increase the health literacy of my patients. I would achieve this by instilling and promoting healthy behaviors that complement their lifestyles. A career as a physician assistant allows a lot of mobility and this is a very attractive aspect of the profession. One PA that I met during a meeting with my professional organization on campus described some of his experiences as a PA working in pediatrics, urology, cardiology, and now brain and spinal surgery. I was really blown away by the variety of specialties he had worked in. Ever since I can remember, science has always captivated me and has encouraged my medical curiosity. While many students dread taking anatomy and physiology, I jumped at the opportunity to absorb all the information I could about the human body. The complexity of the body and all of its integrated systems inspire me to dive deeper and learn even more. There are many fields of medicine that appeal to me and my interests continue to grow as I shadow and volunteer. I am seeking a career that will provide me the kind of freedom that a PA has to move from specialty to specialty, unlike a doctor. I’ll never forget the day I was volunteering in the pre-op department. I was busy making a patient’s bed when I heard muffled sobs from the room next door. As I pushed the bed into the room I noticed a troubled young girl. After asking if she needed anything else I escorted myself out of her room and back to the nurses station. Curiously I looked at the surgery board and saw the letters “D&C” next to her room number. I immediately knew what this meant and my heart sank. She looked as if she was about my age and was completely alone. My initial reaction was to criticize and question her decision. I didn’t fully put myself into her shoes until she was taken to the operating room. The more I thought about it, the more I began to empathize with her. I didn’t know her as a person, her life story, or her circumstances. As a health professional this is a situation I will surely encounter. It will be important for me to set my ethics aside and focus solely on my patient’s needs. All patients are entitled to fair treatment regardless of their demographics or background. Ever since I was 16 years old, I have held a job. Sometimes two jobs and one summer even three! Most recently, I’ve been keeping up with a heavy course load while waiting tables to pay bills in college. Working while in college is not easy and has many challenges but it is helping me manage my time wisely and reduce the financial burden on my parents. Through the years I’ve learned valuable lessons about working in today’s society and understanding that everyone plays an important role. Just as I played a part in keeping a busy restaurant rolling, physician assistants play an integral role in the field of medicine and in their patients' lives. My future patients need to be happy and healthy to fulfill their roles in society. My role would consist of helping my patients develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle. “The customer is always right.” What does this overused quote heard many times in retail and restaurant businesses have to do with my interest in becoming a PA? Working as a waitress for almost 3 years taught me a lot about customer service. Unlike diners at their favorite restaurant, customers at hospitals or clinics better known as patients usually do not want to be there. From shadowing I have learned that working as a medical professional consists of understanding the science and the medicine that goes into treating a person. This is only half the job. A successful PA should also be able to deliver healthcare ensuring that the patient feels completely comfortable and understood. I have noticed that doctors, PAs, and nurses all share a similar characteristic when talking to their patients. When it is clear that a patient does not understand the medical terminology, it is up to the provider to communicate with the patient in less technical terms in order for them to fully comprehend the matter. Each patient will come in expecting you to have mastered the medicine, but they also want to be treated like a unique individual and not just another check-box on your to do list. Customer service in healthcare is about listening to the patients needs. I am eager to hear my patient’s stories, get to the root of their pain, and understand their fears. The culmination of experience and research that I have done into the profession has all contributed to my profound desire to become a PA. I believe I have an established record of academic excellence and will continue to challenge myself throughout PA school and into the rewarding career that lies ahead. The ability to motivate, inspire and demonstrate excellent customer skills are qualities I acquired as a server trainer. My propensity to teach, share knowledge, and inspire co-workers may someday lead me to become an educator in the PA profession. My never-ending desire to broaden my knowledge and expand my horizons is a driving force that will help me achieve my goal. I may not know where the future of our country’s healthcare system lies, but I am certain I am destined to become part of the growing and evolving profession that is a physician assistant.
  16. Hey there, I am a second year PA student and I have a blog PAjourney.com where I post advice for students looking to get into the profession. Recently I wrote a post that I hope will help new PA students survive didactic year. I thought it would also be great if other experienced PA students gave advice in the comments section on what helped them survive. Because lets face it, the one year of didactic learning we do is probably harder than any academic year in any other major/degree/profession in existence. Med students have a long road ahead of them, but no single year of their education even comes close to the challenge of didactic year for PA students. Please read my article below and add your own advice in the comments of this post! PAjourney: End of Didactic Year, Thoughts & Advice From the 1/2-way Mark
  17. Hi, I graduated several months ago and have been doing a very detailed review of everything in the blueprint. Now, it's crunch time. I am signed up for a board review in early May and set to take my PANCE in late May. Any suggestions on which book or question banks I should focus on for these last few weeks? If you had to pick one thing to study from for the three weeks before your PANCE what would you choose? Thanks!
  18. I thought all of the newly accepted students might appreciate this post from my blog. It is a list of all of the software/websites/apps that my class has used and found useful when studying for tests in PA school. Hope it helps! http://pajourney.com/2016/02/20/technology-that-helps-me-survive-pa-school/
  19. Hi everyone! I'm looking for someone who provides private tutoring for the PANCE. Not really looking for a review course company, though recommendations are always welcome. I live in NYC and would really appreciate you letting me know if you know of a good tutor for this specific exam. Also open to review/study groups in the area. Thanks so much!! Nicole
  20. I wanted to share my latest blog post on here. It is about the challenges of starting PA school and what to expect in your first two months. Hope that some of you find it useful: http://pajourney.com/2015/07/16/head-above-water/
  21. If you are in PA School, on rotations, or studying for the PANCE/PANRE and would like help studying or if you need helpful study material please contact me!
  22. I am looking for a PANCE study partner or group in the Houston area. Please PM me if interested. Thank you, Justin
  23. Hi everyone! I am preparing myself early for o'chem and was wondering if anyone of you could make some recommendations in how to study o'chem? Tips, tricks, books etc
  24. Hey guys! I just finished my didactic year and was wondering if I'm going to need notes I took or study guides I made during my clinicals along with a PANCE review book to help me study. Has anyone done this or thrown out their notes and regretted it? There's just so much I've accumulated after one year and I'm moving out so I have this urge to throw them in the trash! Any input would be helpful. Thanks!
  25. Just message me if you are interested. You are welcome to make me an offer for whatever you want. It's mostly powerpoints, pdfs, and questions.
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