Hey, everybody.  Things are crazy lately, with another rough set of final exams, another oral practicum (if you don’t know what an oral practicum is, my post on oral practica.  This one will require me to diagnose and treat some ailment from the following list of intimidating topics: neurology, psychiatry, endocrinology, orthopedics, or rheumatology. Yes, I’m sweating!

Two other quick updates:

  1. The Inside PA Training smartphone/iPhone App is developing nicely.  Aside from allowing users to read posts and pages from IPAT on their iPhones, it will also have a feature or two you won’t find on the blog: informational listings on all the PA programs in the country, along with links to each program’s website, and possibly, a map feature that allows you to search for PA schools by geographic region.  Huge Kudos to JDR Web Development for their hard work.  I don’t have a release date for you yet, but I’ll shout it from the rooftops when it’s done.  Keep  your eyes peeled…
  2. Of particular interest (to me at least) this week is the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I’m flying down for 4 days and 3 nights to mingle and learn along with literally thousands of other PAs and PA students.  As for what won’t stay in Vegas, I’m hoping to have much to share, including some video.  It’s a huge convention, complete with a 5K run (which I will do barefoot or nearly so), a jeopardy-like tournament between students from different PA programs throughout the country complete with cheerleaders, workshops on procedures, and of course, seminars on medicine.  It’s a great opportunity to hob-knob with your peers, learn, and even make connections that often turn in to jobs.  When I come back, I’ll have just a few days before those exams, so I plan to study on the plane and…and…well, that’s about it.  Hopefully my pre-Vegas prep will be enough.  There could be some celebration with fellow students as well, but that’s s the part that will, as they say, stay in Vegas!