1st Quarter Wrap Up

Ok, I realize my last post had to do with PA school. But, that’s my life right now. Frankly, it’s the only thing I have time for. Yes, I still spend some time with my fiancé and my Shiba Inu, but 98% of my time is spent on school related activities. My waking time, that is.

During my first quarter of PA school, I took roughly 21 credit hours in 10 weeks. 7 credit hours of anatomy & lab, a psychology course, 2 biochem courses, a PA professional course, and clinical medicine. PA school is not for the faint hearted. It was literally the most difficult quarter/semester of my life. I’ve never studied so much nor have ever spent so much time in the library. I’m not going to lie, I did struggle initially, but after I found out my life is only studying, I did much better. Those first few weeks I thought it was ok to watch TV for an hour every night. Not so.

I think one of the components that made it so hard for me was that I was out of school for 3 years before PA school. A lot of the other students just graduated so there was no worry of “getting into the swing of things” again. But, I figured out my stride and I feel that as long as I continue studying as I am, I will be fine.

In between each quarter, I have a break. It is fantastic. I seriously don’t think I have ever enjoyed a school break this much. Every time I’ve had a break, I’ve also had to work had other engagements that didn’t make it quite this relaxing. My fiancé and I went to the Wisconsin Dells and had a blast acting like little kids at the water park, candy shop, mini golf, etc. On the drive back, distracted by conversation (per usual), we missed all the exits for cheese shops. Just over the border between Wisconsin and Illinois, there’s a little town called Beloit. Frankly, I’m glad we missed all those other cheese shops cause this one blew all the other out of the water. Well, we didn’t visit the others, but I’m sure it would have. It’s called The Cheese People of Beloit. Although my fiancé and I are not cheese connoisseurs, she helped us find the cheeses we liked. We didn’t end up getting cheese curds, but many cheeses that were so much more delicious. Prairie Breeze, Smoked Cheddar, a creamy Harvati, and one more I already consumed as it was so delicious (made with hard cider & raspberry..delish). Additionally, we took home 2 different hard ciders (Crispin and Newtown Pippin) and a strawberry rhubarb wine. The Crispin is perfect. I’ve never had it before, but have tried nearly every other hard cider that I can get my hands on. They were so helpful in letting us taste as many cheeses as we wanted and also let us sample a hard cider, as well.

Anyway, I’m enjoying the few days of break I have left and I’m looking forward (in a nerdy way) to my physiology, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, clinical medicine, and neuroscience classes!


Reflections on my first 2 weeks of PA School

I told myself I would start studying at 3 pm and not stop til I got hungry for dinner. Class ended a little early today, so it’s ok if I spend a little bit of time blogging about my life right now. I will probably study 6 hours from here on so it’s ok if I take a little break, right? I can’t say that I will often blog about it, nor will I have the time. But, I think it’s a good idea to write out my thoughts every so often. And it will be something good to look back at when I am a successful PA.

Two weeks ago I started PA school. For those of you that don’t know what that is, I started a physician assistant program. I am going for my Masters in Medical Science in Physician Assistant studies. It is like medical school with slightly less information, in much less time (27 months, to be exact). As a PA, I will be a mid-level practitioner that works with a physician in order to promote health, diagnose and treat patients, and provide patient education.

Anyway, I’m now starting my 3rd week but the amount of information we have learned it feels like 6 weeks. In my undergrad I took a few accelerated courses and I would take a 3 week class that was usually a semester. Well, I’m now taking 6 courses and a lab (22 credits total) in a quarter (10 weeks). It’s crazy! On average, school starts at 8 am and ends around 5 pm 5 days per week. I have an hour for lunch but 2 days of the week I have Biochem study sessions during my lunch hour. I have gross anatomy 4 days per week and lab 3 days per week though the 3rd day is optional. On days that end at 5 pm, I usually go home and eat dinner then study for 4 hours. On days that end at 3 pm, I study for 2 – 3 hours in the library, then head home. Working out & eating dinner is my break, then I study for about 4 hours. So basically, all I’ve been doing for the last 2 weeks has been sleeping, eating, and studying. And working out sporadically.

I just had my first 2 gross anatomy tests yesterday. All I’m going to say is that now I know how to study for them to improve my scores next time.

I’ve never studied this much in my life. It’s insane.

Anyway, back to studying.

Any questions on PA school (if you are a prospective student) write below. I’m only 2 weeks in, so I may not be able to answer every question, but I can do my best.