How to Stay Active During PA School Without Sacrificing Study Time

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.

Hit the Ground Running: From PA-S to PA-C

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.

The Blessing and Burden of Flexibility: A Guide in Choosing Your Specialty as a New Graduate

While providing mentorship to a PA student, I was asked the question if he should initially pursue a primary care job to solidify his medical foundation before entering a specialty field. I found this to be a great question that I’m sure many soon-to-be graduates are pondering. While reflecting on the question, I realized how the flexibility of our profession could feel like both a blessing and burden at times. Bottom line up front: Pursue the specialty you are passionate about.

The PA-S To-Do List

A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison PA program, emergency medicine PA and former EMT, medical scribe and seventh-grade science teacher, Jimmy Clark Jr., shares some first-hand career advice for first-year PA students.

A Student and the PA Profession: A Love Story

In a very emotional Long White Coat ceremony on May 15th, I said a few words to my graduating class, fully feeling the weight of the past and the hope of the future. I’d now like to share my story with students across the nation, in hopes that they too will follow their hearts in this journey toward a PA life.

Become a Super Provider by Studying Less!

PA school is tough. During didactic year we constantly swim through a sea of power points and names of things we can’t pronounce, where memorization is requisite. Clinical year is full of long work weeks, repeat first impressions, and finding time to study as we commute, eat lunch, and iron our white coats.

PA Student Scholarships Available

PA Foundation student scholarships are now available for eligible PA students. Applications will be accepted through July 31, 2015.

Building a Challenge Bowl Team

The Challenge Bowl competition is reliably one of the highlights of the AAPA conferences, bringing in hundreds of attendees for this event and including over 70 PA programs from across the nation. In light of the competitive nature among the students, one of the challenges is to continue to view this as a game, a place where accumulated knowledge and serious preparation meets the luck of knowing a random piece of medical knowledge.