All kinds of articles on what our experience was like being PA students

UCD FNP/PA Program Graduation – The Day Arrives

Hi, everyone.  Yes, I'm done. We had a formal commencement ceremony on June 9, 2012 at the UC Davis main campus in Freeborn Hall.  It was beautiful.  My kids were in attendance, and I owe them huge thanks for helping me through the last two years.  As for how we're doing, the picture above should [...]

Program Update: Graduation Nears

As you can see from the graduation invitation above, we will complete our 2-year physician assistant school odyssey in just 12 days.  I have […]

Cardiothoracic Surgery Week 2

Hey, everyone!  I'm up to my elbows in hearts this week, the second week of my cardiothoracic surgery rotation.  This week focuses on adult cardiac surgery. It was very long, but amazing and eventful day.  In no particular order: This was my third scrub-in.  Scrubbing in is where you're sterile, and at the table with [...]

PA School Program Update: Graduation Nears

Since I'm heading into another rotation (and therefore will be pretty well buried for a month), I thought it would be a good time for a program update.  There's plenty going on, and plenty to do before the big day - June 9 - when I will graduate. Here are some of my recent activities: [...]

Guest Post: “The Sickest Patient I Ever Saw”

My classmate Sundance – yes, the Sundance I’ve interviewed twice on video – recently shared with me a letter to her family about her inpatient rotation.  She was kind enough to give me permission to publish it, and I’m sure you’ll see, as I did, […]

Inpatient Hospital Rotation: Epilogue

My inpatient hospital medicine rotation is over, and it ended much differently than it began.  You’ll recall from my inpatient hospital rotation: Day 1 post that the word for hospital internal medicine was chill.  But… […]

Hospital Rotations Begin: Inpatient Medicine – Day 1

I’ve been hearing forever about hospital rotations, but today I finally started my first one: inpatient medicine. Inpatient Hospital Rotation For the last year I’ve worked in clinic settings learning the ins and outs of outpatient primary care.  But for the next two weeks I will be learning about inpatient medicine, […]

Program Update: Fall Finals, Year 2

Hi, all.  Rather than go a week without any posts, I thought I'd drop a line to give the skinny on the recent program and site developments.  Hopefully this will tide you over until next week, when I have new posts planned: This week we have Fall Year 2 finals.  Wednesday is an exam on [...]

One Week’s Worth of Patients

Tomorrow I check out of physician assistant school year one, which means I need to present all my notes from patients, preceptor evaluations, etc. to show that I’ve met my PA program’s clinic requirements. […]

My First Laceration Sutures

Today I did my first laceration sutures! I wondered for a long time just how anyone ever gets to put sutures in without prior experience.  Medical school is famous for its education model of see one, do one, teach one - which medical students joke about being see one, screw one, do one. Though I've [...]