What Are TBL and PBL? And Why Do So Many PA Programs Have Them?

TBL stands for Team Based Learning and PBL stands for Problem Based Learning. They are both essentially methods of teaching that involve students working together in groups to navigate clinical scenarios. If you have been researching programs, you may have… Continue Reading →

How Much Didactic Work is There in Clinical Year?

It is safe to say that most rotations have more required reading than is possible to do in the span of 5 weeks. So don’t be caught off guard by this. As much as you want to take a breather… Continue Reading →

End of Didactic Year: Thoughts & Advice from the 1/2-way Mark

It is hard to believe that didactic year of PA school has finally come to an end! Even though ‘time-wise’ I am only halfway through this journey, I know that in terms of stress and workload, I have made it… Continue Reading →

ADHD and PA School

About a month ago we were practicing board review questions in class, and the program director said something that hit home for me. A board question concerning learning disabilities came up, and she said that many students do not realize… Continue Reading →

Technology that Helps Me Survive PA School

I have mentioned before that PA school is difficult (I may have actually compared it to the apocalypse once or twice). Of course you will survive it. You are just going to have to trust me on that. But wouldn’t… Continue Reading →

2 Semesters Down! What Stays and What Goes?

I am on break for the Holidays! And it is sort of surreal. I have this little alarm in the back of my head, and it is stressing out right now because it feels like we should be studying. So… Continue Reading →

Multiple Mini Interviews: What to Expect and How to Deal

I want to address the topic of multiple mini interviews, since they are rapidly becoming popular among PA admissions committees. If you are new to the interview process, you may be wondering what a multiple mini interview (MMI) is. Essentially… Continue Reading →

Surviving the Stress

There is enough stress in PA school to sink a cargo ship. Everybody buries it as best as they can, but we are all ready to capsize at any moment. We are an elite team of students, and each of… Continue Reading →

Head Above Water

It has been almost two months since I started PA school at Penn State Hershey. If I have been a little silent on this blog, all credit is given to the rigor of this program. We have at least four… Continue Reading →

White Coated

I am writing today after completing my first week in PA school at Penn State Hershey. Thus far we have had three days of orientation and two days of class. Nothing major yet. The classes themselves have been introductory. I… Continue Reading →

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