Choosing a Study Space

One of my regular dilemmas throughout physician assistant school was finding the ideal study space.  I’m still feeling it now that I’ve graduated and I’m studying to pass my boards (the PANCE).  I wrote here about my own study space shortly after starting PA school.  In this article, I’ll help you evaluate your study space so you can make changes if you need to. […]

Pre-PA and PA Student Resource of the Week: The Stanford 25

This week we bring you a great resource to help you learn physical examination skills. Medical and PA students are taught that 95% of any diagnosis comes from the history (interview) with the patient, meaning that you should usually have a pretty good idea of what is going on with a patient before you ever lay a hand on them.  But today’s resource is about the other 5%.  The technique.  […]

Epocrates Free: The One Must-Have Smartphone App for Pre-PAs

Epocrates Free is the one smartphone app you must have as a pre-pa student (with the possible exception of the Inside PA Training App when it is released)!  It’s also available for Android phones, and online for use on your desktop or notebook computer. Here’s the skinny on Epocrates Free: […]

Free Medical Spanish App

We’ve shopped around for a good (free) medical Spanish app, and we’ve found one that may be worth adding to your smartphone. […]

Your First Physician Assistant Book

Knowing that PA school is intense and challenging, you may wonder what should be your first physician book. Even if you haven't started PA school, it's not too early to start your reading for it.  For 10 or 15 bucks, you can get your first physician assistant book, and get the jump on some of [...]

Learning Medicine by Remembering Everything

Learning medicine requires assimilating gobs of information by reading and re-reading texts, sitting through lectures, and hands-on experience with patients.  But if you ask Joshua Foer, freelance journalist and 2006 USA Memory Champion, you'll hear a different explanation for how we learn.  In his book, Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, [...]

Think Like a Doctor (or PA)

Got a big endocrinology test this week, so I'll keep things brief... Do you think like a doctor (or a PA)?  If you aren't either then the answer is probably, "Of course not."  But slow down... Thinking like a medical professional is a skill that can be learned, even if you don't have a lot [...]

Pre-PA Resource of the Day: Brush up on your Microbiology

Today's pre-PA resource of the day is one of my favorites.  How to you learn about the enormous field of microbiology in your spare time?  Like some of our previous resources, this is a great one for pre-PA students on the go.  Learn about bugs, infection, immunity, antibiotics, food science, and many other cool aspects [...]

Pre-PA Resource of the Day: Anatomy Cadaver Dissection Videos

Cadaver dissection is a right of passage for physician assistant students.  As a pre-PA student, you're either taking anatomy, plan to in the near future, or you need to brush up on the subject.  Cadaver dissection is an important part of the process.  If your PA school requires it, showing up with plenty [...]

The One Non-Required Course You Need to Prepare for PA Training

With all the prerequisites to prepare for PA training programs, I know you don't really have time for electives, but there's one course that you should make time for.  In fact, you would be foolish to skip it.  It has helped me as much as any physiology or microbiology course, and at times [...]