MEDwar44 Posted October 8, 2015 Share Posted October 8, 2015 Hey everyone! Im currently in my first year of PA school and I wanted to post on the forum here to seek some advice and wisdom from some of the more seasoned PA's found in this forum. The questions I have are as follow: Our class ranges in #'s of age, background, and years of experience. One of the common things our program does is start very early in the helping us think outside of the box and come up with differential diagnosis in a plethora of clinical based scenarios. So as expected with the levels of clinical experience, age, and various backgrounds we commonly have these audaciously long differential diagnosis (like something off of the tv show "House"). My question is, when you were in school... did you find yourself constantly having to go back through notes, powerpoint, and books to think your way through these clinical scenarios? As a first semester PA student is this stuff that should be expected, or are they trying to get our thought process on a good clinical tract for the future semesters. Right now we feel like the majority of our class takes a shotgun approach and throws all kinds of typical and atypical differentials based off of the clinical presentation of symptoms found in the case study patient. Is this normal especially in the first semester of PA school? Any suggestions on how to better relate the vast amount of material we are learning with how we should be thinking clinically? Second question: Although my knowledge base is relatively weak in comparison to the amount of information how can I/my classmates better prepare ourselves over the next few semesters as we progress to clinicals? I understand being a PA, or working in medicine in general is a life long learning process.... but Im looking for better ways to make associations between the material and how I should critically think so that I can be a better PA of the future. Last question: I think it would be fair to say that everyone in our program didn't know how to study for PA school during the first few weeks of PA school. There was an eagerness to learn material, but when compared to the amount of information we went about it the wrong way. Now, the majority of us find ourselves "cramming" (although we study all the time) from test to test... just because our program makes us maintain a certain gpa or we go on academic probation. Therefore, is it normal to feel like you are cramming and the information bleeds/runs together we everything else. Second semester we will have a better grip and be able to study multiple subjects with more ease. Thanks in advance, Mr. Medwar Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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