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 😉

This quarter was a lot more chill than the previous 2 quarters. We took 19 credit hours, and 5 classes + ALE. 

Clinical Medicine and Pharmacology - This quarter we focused on Gastroenterology, Oncology, Nephrology, Dyslipidemia, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Rheumatology and HIV and the drugs and how to treat each respective disease. This, of course, is the most challenging class, but I SURVIVED!! I can say, I did not enjoy the content in this class in comparison of last quarter, which made studying for this class very challenging as I was not motivated to study any of this, but I found the inner strength to push through and get the job done, and it paid off in the end. 

Musculoskeletal Care - We learned how to treat common (and uncommon) Orthopaedic complaints. Though, I have no interest in going into Ortho (for now), our professor was SUPER funny and entertaining (and cute), which made class a little easier to deal with. 

Behavioral Medicine - This was my least favorite class. I did not like Psychology in undergrad, so I knew I would not be a huge fan of it now. Aside from studying for Clin Med, this class was my hardest class to study for because I did not like the content, and the information was not really medical, which I thrive at. Studying was also difficult for this class because I could not relate it to past experiences, which I had prior to PA school, and a lot of the conditions I was not super familiar with. Since I know I want to do ER in the future, I know the importance of being familiar with these conditions because you see a lot of psych patients in the ER, so I tried my hardest to absorb as much information as possible despite my misgivings for this class.

Clinical Procedures - This was my favorite class! We had 1hour lectures Tuesday mornings, and we had labs on Friday's. This class is more self-paced and independent, which I loved it!! We learned how to do venipuncture, place IVs, punch, snip, and shave biopsies, I&D's, joint injections, lumbar punctures, catheterizations, place NG tubes, digital blocks, and nail avulsions. I love hands-on stuff, so I knew I would love this class, and this class made the reality that "I am going to be a PA in 18 months" more of a reality.

Small Group - We met with  our small group every Monday afternoon. This quarter we had weekly OSCEs and we focused on forming an Assessment and Plan, which was new for us. This quarter we focused on working up GI complaints. 

ALE (Applied Learning Experience) - I go to this once a quarter, and the past 2 quarters I have been going to an Ortho clinic, and I was assigned a patient and responsible for getting a full history and physical and formulating an Assessment and Plan. Even though it was at an Ortho clinic, it was fun to be around the patients and the staff was very nice and friendly.

Along with my regular classes, our class also had the opportunity to volunteer at the "Ready, Set, Go Fair" here in Savannah. I spoke briefly about this experience in a previous post, which can be found here. I also had the joy of being a "patient-actor" for the Anesthesiologist Assistant program for the month of August. Not only did I like it because I got paid for it (duh!) but it was also a valuable learning experience as I was able to see good and bad exam techniques, and apply it to how I examine and interview patients.

All in all, quarter 3 was very successful! I learned a lot, and I am excited to see what quarter 4 has in store for me. Remember to subscribe and follow me on Instagram (AmbzThePA___xo) for more frequent updates xoxo

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