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  1. Hello All! In search of preceptors!! I am currently a PAS1 student and our school is looking to expand our clinical rotations for next year. I would absolutely love to do my rotations at home in Chicago and our school will allow us to plan away rotations if we make contacts and provide the preceptor (can be PA, NP, DO, or MD). BUT rotations anywhere are very welcome!!! If you, or any of your colleagues would welcome a student rotation in your office please PM me. I would greatly appreciate any and all advice, Thank you!
  2. Hey, I'm just rolling through to see if I can help expand your studying database. Check out this post of various resources you can utilize to help you ACE the EOR exams, and eventually the PANCE!!! I hope this helps... The final link is to my personal study guides, yes I know I do the most! https://randomjournalposts.blogspot.com/2020/02/how-to-study-in-pa-school.html
  3. Hi everyone, I am hoping that someone will be able to point me in the direction of some hospitals or private practices that have preceptors who are willing to take PA students in the scottsdale, mesa, Glendale, chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Phoenix area of Arizona. I am currently a first year PA student at Hofstra university in New York and we are getting ready for rotations this year. For my program, we are allowed to do two rotations out of state so I hoping to go to Arizona. However, we are responsible for finding the preceptor and giving the information to Hofstra. I will be s
  4. Hello! I need some help looking for a preceptor in the Long Island, NY area. Any field works! If anyone has any tips on how to find a possible preceptor, that would be great too! Thank you in advance!
  5. Hi all! I am really struggling narrowing down the list of schools I want to apply to. I have already weeded out those that don't offer a masters, those where I do not fit the pre-requisites, and those that are too rural. I am not picky on location, but I would like to be somewhere suburban or urban. I also would like to be somewhere that the clinical rotations are not a very far drive (I am having trouble figuring this out because it is not explicitly listed on most schools' websites). I am mostly struggling to eliminate schools because I am worried about not getting in. I graduate this semest
  6. Hello, I am very interested in UNE PA school and was hoping that a current student would be able to provide some information on clinical rotations. There does not seem to be any information online about it. Are the rotations in Maine? Are they set up by the program or do students set them up themselves? Any other info would be great! Thanks
  7. I recently wrote a blog post describing a typical day for me in PA school. Hope you find it useful and that it gives you an honest understanding of what PA school is like. I did one post for didactic year and one for clinical year. Enjoy! Didactic Year Clinical Year
  8. Hi all, I am crafting a letter to some schools to see if they would accept my role as a clinical systems educator as clinical hours. It is a fairly unique role with new EMRs coming out like our big Cerner implementation in Concord, New Hampshire. Do you think Clinical Education counts towards clinical hours? I highlighted where I discuss my job so no need to read through the whole thing. Dear (SCHOOL), My professional goal is to pursue a career as a surgical physician assistant and I am most interested in your program at Tufts. My request of you is to consider my current work as f
  9. Dear East Bay PAs, I begin PA school in January of 2018 and beginning in March our program is placing us into what they call Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE), where we spend time in a primary care, family practice or internal medicine practice for 4-5 hours one day a week for the remainder of the didactic year (through December 2018) in order to get mentorship and training in patient care. I have been in research and healthcare for a long time now (7+ years), and have quite a bit of prior clinic experience and patient exposure across the UCSF network both in San Francisco and Oakla
  10. Hi, I am a physician assistant student in Boston, Massachusetts. I will be starting my clinical rotations this coming May and am searching for clinical rotations in the Kansas City area. I am hoping to move to KC after graduation so I would love to do a rotation around that area. Does anyone know any PAs/MDs in the Kansas City area that are willing to precept students for any of their rotations? Or any tips on how to set up an out of state rotation? Thanks!
  11. Hey there, I wanted to start a thread where students could chime in to share their experiences while on rotation. I will post one of mine below from my blog PAjourney.com. Feel free to add some of your own experiences in the comments section. Thanks! This is my experience on my Pediatrics rotation: PAJourney.com - Clinical Rotation 1: Pediatrics
  12. Hi, I am graduating college with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and minor in Neuroscience. I am beginning my PA applications but need help with finding the best way to do clinical experience. I already have 500 hours as a medical assistant but this was unpaid. I am moving to New York City, but I can not find a way to get clinical experience without having some kind of certification, either as MA, CNA, or PCT. Any suggestions on finding paid clinical experience with my degree without paying for these other certifications? Or a way to take the exam for these certifications without taking th
  13. I'm a PA student, and I'm getting ready to choose my elective clinical rotations. I get to choose two. As a practicing PA, are there two in particular that you would recommend? Thanks!
  14. Many of my classmates tell me the PAEA EOR exams are challenging and the study blue print provided is useless. We are just starting our clinical year and nobody as really figured out how to do do well...people pass, but I want to do well. Any tips on how to prepare for the PAEA EOR exams?
  15. Hi! I'm currently a PA-S at Marshall B. Ketchum University in Fullerton, CA and was wondering if anyone knows any providers who'd be willing to be preceptors starting in January. Any contacts would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
  16. I am a student in my didactic year of PA school and I am starting to plan ahead for my clinical year looking for a preceptor in Jackson, MS area or somewhere driving distance from there. If anyone knows of one or a good lead of how to find one, please let me know! Thanks so much! =)
  17. I made a blog post about clinical year and the didactic work that is expected out of us in my program. Please comment below if the experience in your program was different from mine so others can learn what to expect. http://pajourney.com/2016/08/29/how-much-didactic-work-is-there-in-clinical-year/
  18. So I'm in my 30s and I have children. How much can they work with you to find a schedule that works for you? Could I, say, do rotations most days so that it's between 8-4? Is this out of the question with some late nights thrown in? My dream really is to be a PA or an MD. Because of the brutal residency that MDs have to do, I decided with kids that wasn't the avenue I should take. I feel for me it would be too much time away from home. Someone said that PAs don't have to do same kind of 24 + hour long rotations, but I just read they do. What is accurate and do we have to do very lo
  19. Hey guys, I'm curious as far as what rotation sites MDC is currently offering their PA students. I am aware that Jackon's Ryder Trauma Center and the county Medical Examiner's office are currently in use....but which other ones are there? Thanks!
  20. Hi All, I'll be starting my clinical rotations in June and was wondering if anyone has done a rotation in Africa. If you have a connection there or have suggestions on where I can get started, reply here or PM me. Thank you!
  21. I work as a patient care technician in a hospital and am getting prepared to ask people to write me letters of recommendation. I have two options for letters from clinical supervisors (which is a requirement from a lot of the schools I'm considering): my head charge nurse or the department nurse manager. I am confident that both would speak highly of me, but am unsure of whether a letter of recommendation from someone with a higher job title would look better or not. I work more frequently with the head charge nurse and him and I share a lot of the same hobbies. However, I do not question that
  22. Did you see the email with the welcome letter and financial aid info? What'd you think?
  23. Hi All! I am working on completing my application to submit for the class starting January 2016. Is there anyone else in my boat??? :)
  24. So I am almost halfway through didactic year, and soon our preferences and/or contacts for where we would like to do clinical rotations are due. Does anyone know of any willing preceptors in the Cleveland area? We are not allowed to contact hospitals directly, but we can give information to our clinical coordinator. Unfortunately, I do not have many contacts, but I am from the Cleveland area so I would like to return home for clinical year to help save money. Thank you!
  25. I start PA school this fall, and I am extremely excited. Extremely excited! In my program, after 4 semesters of preclinical studies, we will rotate through 7 clerkships, and finish with 2 elective rotations. I expect that during school, my experiences will shape my decisions-but I am unable to resist the urge to plan now. I look at these extra rotations as an opportunity to refine my top-choices for specialty, if I haven't already. Here are the 7: Family Medicine Clerkship Internal Medicine Clerkship General Surgery Clerkship Pediatric Clerkship Geriatric Clerkship
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