So what happens when a new technology emerges and changes the way medicine is practiced? What happens when medical schools depart from their traditional curriculum and embrace new concepts in teaching and learning? How do PA programs and educators respond?
Growing up in the 80s, I have always been quite partial to good old martial arts movie (don’t even get me started on my boy, Jean Claude van Damme). They tend to have similar messages throughout every movie generally revolving around adversity, internal struggle against external forces, and finally triumph through brute force with a cunning wit. Very entertaining…and not dissimilar from the modern education process.
Does that statement seems like a cruel joke or an impossible feat? Well you’re in luck; it’s not impossible! There are many facets to achieving wellness during your journey through a Physician Assistant program and sleep was one that I truly struggled with when starting the clinical portion of my training. Quickly, I learned how difficult it was for me to take care of patients when I wasn’t taking care of my sleep properly.
So many exciting things have happened since my last entry which is making finding the time to sit and study even more difficult! Since my last entry, I have officially accepted my first PA position in Occupational Medicine and begun the grueling process of reading and signing various paperwork for employment.
On Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed S1184. The legislation will result in PAs in the Garden State gaining three additional Key Elements of a Modern PA Practice Act, bringing New Jersey’s total to five!
I just saw an article that struck me as odd. Here is the first paragraph: “Did you know “Physician Assistant” (PA) was ranked the best job in America? Did you know their average base salary is higher than that of software engineers, business developers, and even your run-of-the-mill data scientist? Yet, most people still liken PAs to any ordinary assistant-level employee.”
There is no need to explain how time-consuming PA school is. Long hours, frequent tests, and a seemingly endless amount of medical material to master at the risk of harming the patients you haven’t met yet is just plain daunting. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that we are all already taking care of the most important patient we will ever provide for – ourselves.
My name is Alexa Llewellyn and I am a second-year Physician Assistant student from the University of Pittsburgh. I am currently finishing my final clinical rotation and will be taking the PANCE on February 27, 2016. I completed my undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at Lock Haven University in 2013. Prior to embarking on my journey to becoming a PA, I worked as a nurse aide on a med/surg and orthopedic unit at my hometown medical center.