A Typical Day in the Life of a PA Student: Clinical Year

As a followup to my last post, I wanted to describe a typical day during clinical year. In general, clinical year was much less stressful. Perhaps the biggest difference is just how active you are throughout the day. Rather than… Continue Reading →

A Typical Day in the Life of a PA Student: Didactic Year

During my time at Penn State, I (along with several classmates) served as a “program ambassador”, meeting with prospective students when they came to interview. Generally, we would sit with the candidates over lunch and talk with them about the… Continue Reading →


As I heard my name called and walked towards the stage, I could feel my sympathetic system kick into high-gear. I had the symptoms of dizziness, diaphoresis, palpitations, GI distress, and perhaps even a subtle tremor. Over the past year… Continue Reading →

Summative Exams

Towards the end of didactic year, I walked in on a group of second-years as they were waiting to take a set of exams for Summative Week. I will never forget the look on their faces as they sat slumped… Continue Reading →

Clinical Rotation 9: Surgery

One of the best decisions I made in PA school was to spend my surgery rotation away from Hershey Medical Center at a small, rural hospital in Coledale, PA. The advantage being that I was the only student on the… Continue Reading →

Clinical Rotation 8: Outpatient Internal Medicine

I chose to spend my elective rotation with our program director, Christine Bruce, and clinical coordinator, Trinell Genga, at their outpatient office on Penn State Hershey’s main campus. It was a privilege working with them (no brownie points here, I’m… Continue Reading →

Clinical Rotation 7: Mental Health

“It’s still hard for me to have a clear mind thinking on it. But it’s the truth even if it didn’t happen.” I love this quote from Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest because it draws into question… Continue Reading →

Clinical Rotation 6: Internal Medicine

Welcome to the learn-everything rotation. Ready or not, there is no limit to the amount of studying you can do for Internal Medicine. It will be the most challenging exam of your clinical year, and it may be one of… Continue Reading →

Clinical Rotation 5: Women’s Health

Women’s health is a rotation that PA students either hate or love; there are no tempered reactions. Those who love it will tell you that there is a great mix of experiences. It is a field that involves primary care,… Continue Reading →

Clinical Rotation 4: Emergency Medicine

There is no shortage of interesting stories in the emergency department. If you want to have an adventurous life in medicine, it is the place to be. One minute you are discharging a grown man with a stubbed toe; the… Continue Reading →

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