Oops! This is a day late, but I’m really trying to stay true to my goal of actually creating new posts and content for you guys. It feels like time is speeding through these last few weeks before Winter Break – probably because I am SO ready to go home. Friday was the end of my 4th week of Behavioral Medicine, meaning I have just 1.5 weeks left in the hospital before my EOR exam for this rotation. I’m both super excited and super nervous for this, but more on that later.
Now for this (past) week’s #SparkleSunday
On life outside of school:
- I’m so very excited to be able to go home for almost THREE weeks starting on Dec 19! One thing that is so hard for me is being away from my family for prolonged periods of time.
- During break I’m actually going dress shopping for my Bridesmaid’s dress for my brother’s wedding! This will be the first wedding that I’m in, and I’m looking forward to it so much. I know that my brother’s fiancé, Faith, and her mom are going to plan an amazing event and I cannot wait to see all of the details come into place. I won’t be sharing my dress with you guys (gotta keep the mystery alive), but if you’re still following along a year from now, I’m sure that I’ll be posting a ton of pictures from the wedding
On PA school:
- At the end of the rotation, we’ll be having our first experience with the Formative OSCE. For those of you who are not in medicine, this means that we’ll have a standardized patient (an actor) who we have to get a history from and preform a physical on. Then we have a short period of time to write up our SOAP note, and then on to the next “patient.” We don’t know the patient’s diagnoses beforehand, so it’s a lot more like a real life situation than some of the past standardized patients that we’ve done. While I’m excited for this, and think that I’ll do well, I’m just a little nervous because it’s a new experience.
- So this is kind of a PA school/post-PA school update! I’m currently signed up to complete a PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) class over my winter break. My school gives us the opportunity to become ACLS and BLS certified for free (haha, it’s part of our tuition), but I have the hopes of maybe doing pediatric emergency department medicine, so I thought it would be good for me to have. Plus, over winter break I’ll have a little break from school.
On health and beauty:
- It’s cold in DC right now, and with being in the hospital, I’m washing my hands all the time! Which means my hands are so cracked and dry right now. If you guys have any recommendations of a great hand moisturizer please let me know!
On shopping and white coat wardrobe:
- I FINALLY made it to Ikea to snag a full length mirror, which is only about a year and a half late. But better late than never, right? I’m so excited to begin being able to share some OOD with you guys using this, and it’s just so nice to be able to get a complete idea of what I look like in the mirror
this week’s pre-PA question:
Should I update my Patient Contact Hours on CASPA if I haven’t heard from schools yet?
So, I have to admit, I honestly don’t know the right answer to this one. Everything I’ve heard has seemed to be along the lines that the school will prorate your PCE hours for you to when they actually look at your application (except schools that require a certain amount on submission). So for instance if you had 1000 hours when you applied 12 weeks ago, and you work an average of 40 hours a week, the school would recognize that you would have an additional 480 hours.
There are some times that it is necessary to update CASPA, the most important of which is if you get a new opportunity to do PCE. You want to make sure to let the schools know that you’re now going to have more hours from a new source. Additionally, I would update any new awards or shadowing experiences, and things along those lines. In terms of classes, your CASPA GPA is only calculated once, so it doesn’t do a whole lot to update grades on CASPA. If you finished a prerequisite for a school, I would contact the school directly to let them know of this update.
Motivational quote of the week:
Push yourself, because no one else is going to do it for you
this is extremely fitting with finals coming up. I feel like my Instagram feed right now is filled with all of my undergraduate sisters A) at formals and B) in the library studying. It’s so easy to get caught up in all of the fun aspects of being in college, that sometimes it gets hard to remember the importance of studying and why you’re actually in school. I used to have this quote hanging on my fridge to remind myself to study.