Day in the Life of an Emergency Medicine Rotation

Hello everyone!

I know it has been awhile (sorry!). I have been super busy with school, life and everything in between, so I know I have not been able to update you guys on what has been going on my journey through PA school.

I recently completed my first two rotations, which were Emergency Medicine and General Surgery!! I cannot believe that I am 25% finished with my rotations, and in less than 9 months I graduate! A lot of people have been asking questions about my typical day during my Emergency Medicine rotation, and I knew I wanted to make a post speaking about both rotations, so here it is!

Didactic Year Is Complete: What It Taught Me

15 months, 85 exams, 5 simulated patient events, and +2000 hours spent in Room 201 later, I can FINALLY say that I am finished with my didactic year! Even though I have a LONG way to go, I can finally check this accomplishment off in my small career to becoming a Physician Assistant.

In less than a week, I start my first rotation, which will be in the EMERGENCY ROOM! For those who do not know, I spent 4 years in the ER prior to PA school, and I love it! So, I am super excited (and nervous) about this rotation. 


Why Representation Matters .

Representation - 

  1. The action of speaking or acting on behalf of someone or the state of being so represented
  1. The description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way or as being of a certain nature.


#WCW - Meet Courtney Blakely, RN-BSN

Meet Courtney Blakely, RN-BSN. She is currently a Neuroscience ICU nurse. As well as being a nurse, she is also a pageant girl and was featured on Hooter's recent calendar. She is also the founder of "Spark Your Magic", which is a youth outreach program. You can follow her on Instagram at (@courtney_blakley), and you can stay up to date with "Spark Your Magic" on Instagram as well as at @Spark_Your_Magic


Rapid Interpretation of EKG's 6th Edition -- Love it or Leave it

What is an EKG (electrocardiogram)?
It is a tracing the represents the heart's electrical activity through small electrodes that are placed on a patient's skin. EKG's are quick and painless, and those very tracings, that seem foreign to the untrained eye, provides important information about the patient's heart. EKGs can: check your heart rhythm, see if you have poor blood flow to the heart muscle (ischemia), diagnose a heart attack, and check on things that are abnormal, such as thickened heart muscle. In fact, the EKG is the initial test of choice for those patients that are complaining of chest pain or difficulty breathing.


White Coat Dreams: It's More Than Just A Hashtag

What is “White Coat Dreams?”

What started out as a hashtag #WhiteCoatDreams I used during my junior year during undergrad has now transpired into a blog/brand that inspires others to achieve their dreams in the medical field and in their careers. Did I think that this “hashtag” that I used to frequently motivate myself through college had inspirational potential? – UH NO…but it did, and I am humbled by those that are inspired through my journey to becoming a Physician Assistant. Every day, I get questions from those who are aspiring to be in my shoes, and I’m consistently asked about the inspiration behind “White Coat Dreams.” Although the answer seems simple, its transformation has been complex! This journey has NOT been easy, but if it was easy, anyone could do it. 
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