Preparing for the PA-C Life

Monday, October 22, 2018




Clinical year flies by so fast. Just as you get used to one rotation, its time to move on to the next one. In all the frenzy of learning how to practice medicine and how to not make a fool of yourself on rotations (been there done that), it's easy to forget to plan for life after graduation. I am here to share a timeline with you all today of how I prepared myself (along with things I wish I had done) for life a few months before and after graduation.

PANCE Study Schedule

Friday, September 28, 2018




The PANCE is a 5 hour, 300 questions exam that all PA students must take after graduating from PA school to obtain their certification. After passing the PANCE, a PA is recognized as "board certified PA" and can apply for a state license.

Feeding myself through PA school

Sunday, September 16, 2018




I recently received a request from one of you asking me to share my lunch recipes on the blog. What a great suggestion, I'm surprised I never thought of it myself! Since 95% of people I know LOVE food as much as I do, I figured I'd mix it up a bit today and share some of the recipes I made during didactic and clinical years of PA school!

Final Thoughts on Clinicals

Wednesday, September 12, 2018




Switching over from didactic to clinical year was a major transition but an exciting one. We had all been waiting for this day for so long, to finally get out of the classroom and into a clinic or hospital to interact with real patients. When I look back on clinical year, here are the things that I am grateful for personally and professionally:

A Day in the Life: Pediatrics

Thursday, August 23, 2018




6:00 am - alarm jolts me awake and I hit snooze and pretend I dont have to get out of bed. It's storming outside and is so dark, making it almost impossible to get out of bed.

A Day in the Life: Cardiology

Thursday, August 2, 2018



Hi readers of AP the PA blog! My name is Rachel and I have the honor of calling Aashna my classmate, but also one of my dearest friends. I have watched her diligence over the past 27 months in the way she studies, but also in the way she serves others like YOU who read her blog. It takes time to write these posts and I know she sets aside the time to do this because she cares about the future generations of PAs and their success. She is smart and kind, and I was so pumped when she asked me to be a “guest writer” on her blog. We just finished up our last rotation (WOW!) as PA students and I actually was able to go home for my last 2 rotations. Home as in I lived at my parents’ home all summer and it was a blast! 

How to financially prepare for PA School

Saturday, July 7, 2018




Paying for PA school is a challenge. There are so many things I wish I had known starting school in terms of how many extra little expenses there are. Since I am less than a month away from graduating (insert jaw-dropping emoji here), I figured it's a good time as any to share my experience and advice with you all.