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 [...]

Student-Run Clinics: JVMC

I've written previously about my Clinica Tepati, one of UC Davis School of Medicine's seven student run-clinics. This weekend, I had my second chance to volunteer my time at a different student-run clinic, and it was a blast! What is a student-run clinic? A fully operational (usually part time, e.g. Sat/Sun) clinic where patients are [...]

Introducing My Preceptor: The Thin Man

I began my official work with patients this week, so it’s time to introduce the newest character in the PA education saga – my preceptor, The Thin Man. Who is the Thin Man? He is a family practice physician with personality!  I think of him like an oversized hummingbird – zipping around the clinic, holding [...]

Our Toughest Quarter of PA Training Begins

The Real Fun Begins Winter quarter is here, and with it, all the brain-bending goodness of what everyone tells us is the the hardest quarter of our PA training program. We hear that this is because: Winter quarter of year I is where things start to get crazy. Now that we are two [...]

PA Training in a Student-Run Clinic

Last weekend I got dropped into the middle of medicine.  I spent the day volunteering at a UC Davis student-run clinic called Clinica Tepati.  It was a first for me on many levels, and all I can say is it was totally awesome! What is a student-run clinic? […]