On Life Outside of School:
- So far, this week has been chaotic and stressful, and shockingly, not because of PA school. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that late today Hurricane Irma will be hitting my family in Florida. I was actually supposed to be in Orlando, Florida this weekend for a wedding, which unfortunately had to be canceled. So I’ve been following along all of the news reports this week, first trying to decide if Orlando was going to be hit by Irma and if I could see go to the wedding, then in panic as I realize how much danger so many of my friends and family will be in. Please continue to keep Florida, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands in your thoughts as they battle Hurricane Irma.
- My parents and the rest of my family will be staying in their homes for Irma. At this point, evacuation isn’t as much of an option for them as there is a gas shortage and the traffic to get out of Florida is so bad.
- Typically a hurricane hits Florida from the East or West, this allows people to evacuate both North and South to get out of the cone line. Hurricane Irma is different in that projections have her going all the way up Florida, impacting almost every part of the state in some way. So to evacuate, my family would need to get as far North as possible, and there are only really 2 main roads in Florida that allow you to do this. Both of them are bumper to bumper, and people are running out of gas on the side of the roads.
- Why don’t they fly out? We have a dog, a cat, and a cockatiel. While airlines are letting some pets on board, it’s not to this extent, and my parents will not leave them behind. Additionally, flights out of Florida are insanely expensive right now.
- Why didn’t they leave a week ago? My mom’s in healthcare, and until Thursday, her job was still going to be open. Additionally, predicting a hurricane’s path is a guessing game until it gets closer to hitting. Up till yesterday, we didn’t know for sure that Hurricane Irma was going to shift West and hit Tampa more.
On PA school:
- I’m finally in my groove for Pediatrics. A huge help when I have been seeing sick patients is to go in with the worst possible differential diagnosis in my mind (the MA gets a brief chief complaint from the patient while doing vitals) and to ask questions off of that. I’ve found that it really helps me get a better history from the patient.
On Shopping and White Coat Wardrobe:
- Tomorrow I will be sharing my budget for Fall semester and the Staple items from my closet that are missing! Be on the lookout for that!
This week’s pre-pa question:
- “Is there anything you can think of that is not required for most schools’ application process, but helped in school or clinical year in any way?”
My last year of undergrad I took a pharmacy class, and it was seriously so helpful! We didn’t go nearly into the details on mechanism of action of drugs, but we learned a lot about how they were developed and what some of the major categories of drugs there are. We also went a lot more extensively into OTC and herbal supplements than I did in PA school. I found this class insanely helpful, and I honestly wish I would have taken more pharmacy-based classes during undergrad. I think this would have really helped me succeed in pharmacology. As for something that helped during clinical year – my patient care experience has been the best resource for that. Even though not every school requires hours, or they may allow experiences with less patient hands-on care to count, I strongly recommend getting a good background in something where you’re medically dealing with the patient. I talked about some of the typical PCE jobs people do back in this post.
Motivational Quote of the Week:
And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down. Without the rain, there would be no rainbow.