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Art of a PA-S

a space where two loves meet: ART + PA

This is a new journey under construction - it’s always a work in progress. I’ve finally realized I would not want it any other way… Point of arrival is beautiful, but now I know I’m just better as a traveler. Starting a new journey as a Physician Assistant student, never meant giving up my passion for art and its vital presence in the world. I’ll share a combo of the two; and hopefully offer few helpful tips for new PA candidates. An MD said to me “we need more creative thinkers in medicine”. Couldn’t agree more!
Jul 28 '14
I am thankful for the difficult people in my life. They have shown me exactly who I don’t want to be.
— Unknown (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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Jul 24 '14
coffee-coffee:
oh yea buddy, that’s me every morning, especially now when i’m one day away from the official end of didactic year !!!

coffee-coffee:

oh yea buddy, that’s me every morning, especially now when i’m one day away from the official end of didactic year !!!

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Jul 22 '14
angulargeometry:

Together We Are Stronger.

angulargeometry:

Together We Are Stronger.

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Jul 20 '14
*filling out a form* WTF is MI? ‘Myocardial infarction’? ….no, that doesn’t even make sense.. oh.. oh shit.. That’s ‘middle initial’ isn’t it?

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The struggles of being part of medicine: you can’t do normal tasks without weird little reminders of medicine

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Jul 20 '14
Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.
— Shel Silverstein (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

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Jul 20 '14

nubbsgalore:

photos by gerry ellis from the david sheldrick wildlife trust, a nursery and orphanage for elephants in kenya’s tsavo east national park. here, fifty five keepers are charged with being around the clock parents to an elephant. the elephants, however, are the ones who chose their caretakers; it is the keepers who must ingratiate themselves to the elephants and earn their trust.

when elephants first arrive at the orphanage they are often traumatized from having witnessed the slaughter of their mothers and family by poachers. grieving can last several months, and they often lose the will to live. but as dame daphne sheldrick, founder of the orphanage, explains, a caretaker is charged with “persuading an elephant to live when it wants to die.”

approximately 35,000 elephants are killed by humans every year. with an estimated 350,000 elephants left in the whole continent of africa, they will be gone in the wild within ten years.

cbc’s the nature of things did a program on the elephants and their caretakers. you can foster an elephant with the david sheldrick wildlife trust online here. for more on the emotional lives of elephants, as well as the david sheldrick wildlife trust and other human efforts to save them, check out these posts

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Jul 20 '14

Stop Smoking
Start Repairing

Stop Smoking

Start Repairing

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Jul 20 '14
Testicular Torsion by Jorge Muniz, PA-C and the coolest cartoonist

Testicular Torsion by Jorge Muniz, PA-C and the coolest cartoonist

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Jul 14 '14

ohaitsarah asked:

Hi! I am going to be a senior in highschool. I'm applying to about 11 schools in Aug. that have an accelerated 5 or 6 year entry level PA program. Do you have any insight or advice for my application/ interview process or about entry level programs?

Hi ohaitsarah,

Gosh, there’s a plethora of info on this subject out there :) including a great book on how to nail a PA school interview…

You can take a look at my earlier posts:

http://artofapa.tumblr.com/post/59337759281/pa-school-interview

http://artofapa.tumblr.com/post/56463944330/personal-statement-for-pa-school-application

Also, check this out:

http://www.pasconnect.org/five-tips-for-getting-into-pa-school/

Unfortunately, I don’t have info specific to entry level programs… All of the above should definitely get you going in the right direction.

All the best to you!

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Jul 12 '14
Grave’s Disease - Jorge Muniz, PA-C

Grave’s Disease - Jorge Muniz, PA-C

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Jul 11 '14
There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them. But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.

Paulo Coelho (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

Amen

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Jul 10 '14

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Jul 7 '14

stephienanie asked:

Hello! I want to be a PA, and right now I'm taking my upper level bios for my PA school pre-requisites. Every time I get a bad grade (never failing, but I want to do better) I feel so discouraged and like I'll never be able to get into PA school. Do you have any advice on how to get past feeling like that? Did you ever experience something similar? Thanks!

Hi Stephienanie,

Thank you for your question. It’s a great question. And I truly wish I had an easy straightforward answer…

Did I ever experience something similar? – heck yea. You know, I’m in my 2nd year of PA school and I still get those feelings… Some people experience those feelings, some don’t – which does NOT translate to ‘better’ and ‘worse’, it simply means we’re all different. I do, however, believe that for the most part we (PA students) are all high-achievers and well… type-A personalities, really. We get irritated (and discouraged) by what we view as obstacles to our progress (e.g. a lower grade).

I chose the PA profession as my second career (and hopefully I’ll get there successfully), but my background is in the Arts. Prior to going back to school to fulfill my pre-reqs for PA school, it was important to me to be open to the possibility that I just might not like this bio/chem/stats business. I wanted to be kind to myself and not force myself into something I potentially couldn’t handle. There are other wonderful careers in the med field. It turned out that I actually enjoyed my bio/chem classes, and I was kinda good at it too. With that being said, it does NOT mean that I got straight A’s all across the board.

PA school is intense – the amount of material to learn in a very short amount of time comes at you hard and furious. Just when you think you can relax to take a deep breath in, it hits you again, and again, and it doesn’t stop. As an undergrad, obtaining a solid foundation helps – concentrating on understanding the material you’re learning rather than just memorizing it for a good grade. Good grades / high sores / high GPA – all look great on a PA school application, no doubt. But please know that I have seen straight A students be turn away by a PA program. Grades are not everything. There are other components that play into getting into PA school and being an awesome PA: make sure your patient work experience is solid, work hard for kick-ass references, etc. More than anything, the admissions committee looks at the trend in your grades – are the grades recently better or recently worse. If there’s time and room for improvement, it’s good to take advantage. Don’t get discouraged sister (I know easier said than done). Just do your best. Straight A’s are not required for PA school, but good character definitely is, and solid work experience enhances.

When I don’t do so well on an exam and/or feel discouraged, I remind myself that at the end of it all it’s not about the grades, it’s about the patient. So I pick myself up and keep on truckin’.  

Gosh, I hope this helps. All the best to you.

We’re trying to build a lil PA community on Tumblr (pablr) – check it out – you’ll find incredible words of wisdom and pieces of priceless advice from other pre-PA-S, current PA-S, and PA-C. Additionally, below you’ll find links to more resources/info/inspiration:

http://physician-assistant-ed.com

http://www.thepalife.com

http://www.mypatraining.com/

http://doseofpa.blogspot.com

http://paprogramsearch.com

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Jul 6 '14
Cardiac Markers by Jorge Muniz, PA-C

Cardiac Markers by Jorge Muniz, PA-C

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