August 28, 2010 in PA Students, Prospective PAs
Among the many challenges of PA school, staying healthy is one of the most difficult struggles. We all take for granted the fact that most people are expected to put on a few extra pounds during that first year of PA school
, but it is still daunting. The truth is you will probably put on a couple pounds in the beginning. I remember it was definitely a regular discussion in our class for the first couple of months, thankfully we are finally one year into the program and most of us are slowly getting back on track.
I’d like to share a little about my experiences and give some helpful tips and advice that has helped me get back on track.
The first summer of PA school we all stayed active for the most part. We were all excited to meet and learn about our new classmates. We had an amazing anatomy lab and spent hours dissecting and learning our cadavers. Outside of class we quickly connected and got a couple of volleyball teams together, went on a few group runs, and had a little more time to go to the gym. From a health standpoint, things were great! Then came Fall… THERE’S MORE! Read the rest of this post for FREE! Register for a FREE account by clicking here. If you already have an account, log in by clicking here.
August 4, 2010 in PA Students, Prospective PAs
I had just received the greatest news of my life. I had finally been accepted into PA school and nothing could have made me happier.
Sure it would be challenging, stressful, and consume my life for two years. However, achieving a very high GPA as a Medical Microbiology major, I thought PA school was something I could easily handle. I was completely prepared… so I thought.
I quickly learned that PA school was nothing like undergraduate. There was not even close to the amount of time in the day to learn what I felt necessary. Something deep inside of me was screaming that I should know more. Time was a pressure. The future responsibility of a patient’s life was a pressure. Having no free time to spend with family or friends was a pressure. I felt isolated. I felt academically inferior because many of my colleagues had several more years of clinical experience than me. I went to class, then directly home, ate dinner, and studied until midnight. There was no such thing as weekends anymore as they were also consumed by studying… THERE’S MORE! Read the rest of this post for FREE! Register for a FREE account by clicking here. If you already have an account, log in by clicking here.