What I'm Leaving Behind in 2017

As 2017 comes to an end (which I'm trying to wrap my mind around how and where this year went), there are some things that I cannot bring into 2018 or for the years to come. I know everyone is on this "New Year, New Me" kick, which is okay, but instead of making these changes for one year only, I am making lifetime changes that are going to follow me for the years to come.

Quarter 4 Is Complete !! (AKA I Completed My 1st Year of PA School)

Hello everyone!

I know it has been a while (sorry!), but quarter 4 kept me busy, so I was not able to blog as much. This quarter was BY FAR the most challenging academically. We took 23 credit hours (which sounds like a lot, but honestly, that is the norm, lol) with 5 classes + ALE. Along with our normal course work, we had to get BLS re-certified, ACLS certified, several suture labs, patient women and we also participated in United Way. So, I was pretty busy this past quarter! Overall, I am glad that it is over with! And, I am also happy to say that I have completed my FIRST year of PA school!!! I cannot believe that I am halfway to PA-C, and I start rotations in 3 months .


#WCW - Meet Adanna, PA-S

Meet Adanna! She is currently a 1st year PA student. She is not only a PA student, but she is a wife and mother of 2 girls. 

Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself ...

Hi everyone! To start off PA week, I have decided to answer some of the most frequently asked questions that I get from those who are interested in the PA profession and reintroduce myself. My name is Amber, and I am currently in my 4th quarter of PA school at South University. Read my responses below, and don’t forget to subscribe.

An Open Letter to my Younger Self

Hey girl hey!

What’s up? How are things with you? I haven’t talked to you in a while, several years to be exact; I hope you are managing to keep things together. This world can be cruel baby girl; don’t let it eat you up.

#WCW - Meet Kendra Medrano, PA-C

Meet Kendra Medrano, PA-C. She is current a Physician Assistant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida specializing in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgery and Cosmetics. She graduated from Keiser University in 2015. You can follow her on Instagram at @itskendralynne and on YouTube at Kendra Lynne.


#WCW - Meet Tanisha Terry, BSN-RN

Meet Tanisha Terry, BSN-RN. She is currently a travel nurse in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Along with being a badass nurse, she has a blog titled Black Girl, White Coats and can be found on Instagram at @xoxotanish. Read her feature below on why she decided to pursue a career in nursing and her journey thus far!

Sayonara Quarter 3 !!

Quarter 3 is over! (thank God) I still cannot believe that 9 months ago I started on this endeavor called PA school. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming. I do see the growth over the past 9 months ago, not only as a student but as a young woman. I can say that I have let go of things that were holding me back, and I have grown physically, mentally, and spiritually. I am now back in Atlanta enjoying this long overdue 3 week break 😉


#WCW -- Meet Candice Hite, PA-S

Meet Candice M. Hite, PA-S. She is currently in her third semester of PA school at the University of Kentucky, class of 2019. 


So, Are You The Doctor? -- Physician Assistant vs Physician

Photo Cred: www.thepalife.com

So, are you the doctor? How many Physician Assistants have heard that? How many times have you had to explain to your patients, families, friends and strangers the difference between a Physician Assistant and a doctor.


Quarter 3 Update

Hello everyone! As most of you guys know, I am currently in my 3rd quarter of PA school (which I am still having a hard time coming to terms with that), and as I am about to enter week 8, I thought I should give you guys an update thus far.


#WCW - Meet Talia Tee, OD-S

Meet Taila Tunstill. She is currently in her second year of Optometry school at the University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry. Aside from being an optometry student, she also has her own YouTube Channel TaliaTee, and can be found on Instagram at @talia.tee. 


An Open Letter to all my Medical & Non-Medical Loved Ones ...

To the long nights studying endlessly, cramming as much information the night before a big exam, to only get to the exam the next day, and NOTHING that you studied is on the exam, or after spending hours studying for an exam, only to end up with a mediocre grade; to the days studying into the wee hours on Friday’s and Saturday’s, while all your other friends are out and about enjoying life; to the missed weddings, vacations, outings, due to the fact that you have to work or study for a big exam the following week. 


#WCW - Ashley Kay, PA-S

Hi everyone!! I'm back with another #WCW feature. Meet Ashley Kay! She is currently in her 4th quarter in her didactic year in Physician Assistant school, and like myself, she is a fellow blogger and recently just launched her website at www.withashleykay.com. Her website provides valuable information for those who are embarking on this long journey to becoming PA-C and those who wish to pursue in the medicial field. She can also be found on Instagram at @withashleykay, where she periodically provides tips. 


Choosing the Right PA school

Hi guys! Application cycle is in full swing, which I know can be very overwhelming, intimidating and stressful. It is hard to believe that I was in that position exactly a year ago. Choosing the best PA school can be exciting but overwhelming. Common questions that I get is how did I choose the school that was best for me.

Getting Healthcare Hours for PA School

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is well. Along with maintaining a good GPA and making sure you have a competitive GRE score and good letters of recommendations, getting healthcare experience (HCE) is another requirement when applying to PA school. On average, most schools require at least 2000 hours of HCE, which seems like a daunting and impossible task for some. I get a lot of questions from individuals who do not know where to start to obtain HCE hours and I get questions all the time for PA candidates about how I obtained HCE hours for school. 


#WCW - Meghan Ross, PA-S

Why I Chose the Physician Assistant Field

A big hello to Amber’s followers! My name is Meghan, and I am a brand-new Physician Assistant Student at the University of Texas Medical Branch. A little about my background, I am 22 years old, I just began PA school on July 5th, I am a blogger myself and the page can be found at MeghanInMedicine, I also have an Instagram blog page found at the same name @meghaninmedicine. I am so happy to guest blog on her page because she’s a wonderful PA student and great resource for Pre-PAs and PA students as well!

"Strong Woman, White Coat, Black Skin" -- Who Are They?

A few weeks ago, I came across one of my followers on Instagram wearing a shirt that said, "Strong Woman, White Coat, Black Skin," and I immediately became intrigued by the shirt, and knew I wanted to have one!! Fortunately for me, the designers of the shirt was tagged in the picture, so it made finding their Instagram fairly easy. 

As I was on their Instagram (@swwcbs), I was so impressed about the message they were portraying, which was celebrating minority women in health care, whom are often times underappreciated and undervalued in the medical field. I, too, could relate as there has been times where I felt like I did not belong and felt alienated. I knew that I not only wanted to buy a shirt, but I wanted others to know about them and the message they were spreading. Last week, I reached out to them about doing an interview, which they agreed!! Read below to see the interview between them and me!


Motivation Mondays: You Are Not Your Situation

A year ago, I was preparing for my interview for PA school. A year later, I am sitting in my third quarter of PA school. If you would have told me 3-4 years ago that I would be in this situation, I would have thought you were lying. 


How To Study Anatomy and Physiology in PA School

Hi everyone! Quarter 2 is over, and I'm currently back home in Atlanta enjoying the time off with my family and friends. I am so happy to take a break from school (even though it is for a week) to relax, catch up with some sleep, and have some much needed me time.


Quarter 2 Is One for the Books!

Quarter 2 officially ended yesterday, and I am so relieved! There were so many changes this quarter compared to the last and making those adjustments at times seemed very cumbersome, but in the end, I prevailed, and I am happy that the quarter is over and I can finally enjoy some much needed time away from school!


How to Stay Bikini Ready Year Round

Hi everyone! I know it has been awhile since I posted, but quarter 2 has been super crazy! But, I all I have left are finals & I will be free for a week !!!

As many of you guys know, my two favorite places to be at are in the gym and at the pool/beach. Because of this, I'm beach ready pretty much year-round. Summer is in full-effect, and many of you guys have inquired how I achieve this beach ready body.



Interview Tips

Hi everyone! The application cycle is in full throttle, and pretty soon, a lot of you guys will be going on interviews. I know the process can be very intimidating and scary, but do not try to freak out! This time is a very exciting time, and I know you guys have worked hard to get here.


Organizational Tips While in PA School

Hi everyone! Week 6 is finally over, and it is hard to believe that this quarter is almost over, and after this quarter, I will be halfway done with didactic year! One thing that I have had a lot of questions about is how I stay organized, while in PA school.


Quarter 2 Week 5 Update

Hi guys! Week 5 of my 2nd quarter of PA schools has finally ended, and I cannot believe I am almost halfway through my 2nd quarter of PA school (time really does fly!) I can say this has honestly been the toughest week of PA school thus far.

How To Stay Fit While in PA School

Hi everyone! Fitness and keeping my summer body year-round are both very important to me. I started in sports at a very young age, which continued until my senior year in high school, so I have always been very active. This has been a challenge since starting PA school as I am living a more sedentary lifestyle as I am in a classroom 5 days a week for at least 7-8 hours. So, how do I stay in shape?


A Day in the Life of a PA Student: Didactic Year

Hi everyone! Quarter 2 has started off with a bang! Week 3 has come to an end (which is crazy!) and I must say quarter 2 has been very challenging thus far. We just started taking clinical medicine this quarter, and that has been quite an adjustment. Needless to say, I have a lot less time this quarter compared to quarter 1,and this quarter we are taking 21 credit hours. I figured I would post about a typical day since I know a lot of you guys are wondering what a typical day of a PA student day is like.

5:15AM: Alarm goes off! First thing I do is pray, and then I turn over, look at my phone, read any text messages/e-mails I received throughout the night, and stalk my IG and Snap Chat accounts. I lay in bed for approximately 20 minutes before I head to the kitchen and have breakfast.


When should I take the GRE?

Hi everyone! If you are anything like me, you hate standardized tests, and unfortunately, the GRE is a required test that most schools require. So, when should you take it? As cliché as this sounds, take it when you are ready.

Do Not Give Up!

"Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life, to stay focused on your path." -- Phillip Sweet


Application Tips!

Hi everyone! CASPA opens in 12 days, and I know everyone is running around trying to make sure that their application is ready for April 27th. I know this feeling oh-so well, and I do not envy you guys! Here are some helpful tips to make sure that your application is competitive.


Why PA?

As a little girl, I admit, I did not want to work in health care. I started playing basketball at the age of 3 until I was a senior in high school. My dream was to play college basketball and become a point guard in the WNBA.

Here's to New Beginnings

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first blog post. My name is Amber and I am currently a first year physician assistant student. 
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