I wanted to take some time and reflect on the last year. Here are some lessons that I’ve learned especially from our last week when we had 5 exams in a row.
1. Keep organized
2. Learning and understanding is more important than grades
3. Don’t rely on cramming for an exam
4. Classmates are a wonderful support
5. Don’t dwell and keep moving forward
6. Remember to check in with family and friends
|I feel like the dog :p|
The last year has been a whirlwind and I feel as though I’ve been smacked in the face with a whack load of information and still recovering from the impact. At this point I can’t imagine myself doing anything else and I’m proud of my class for entering the next stage of the program.
|Class celebration after exams. 1st year of PA school officially done.|
First Week Back
Our 3 weeks of vacation has officially ended. We started back to school yesterday, yes on a Sunday, and dove straight into ACLS (acute cardiac life support). ACLS is a certification course where you learn the algorithms on how to treat patients with arrhythmias (abnormal rhythms of the heart). We learned how to run a “code blue” this is what you normally see on TV shows like grey’s anatomy. I found this course to be very fun. We role played through the different algorithms, each getting the chance to be the leader who gives the orders and decides which medications/actions to do.
Tomorrow and Wednesday we have information sessions about what to expect for our rotations which starts this Thursday. We are also taking what is a called the PACKRAT exam. This is used to tell us what subject areas we are weak on and therefore focus on for the certification exam next year.
Wish me luck!