Took us a while to settle into the program but the Class of 2016 is now ready to share with you our experience in the PA program! We really want to show you what we are learning in the PA program and share our clinical experiences from our Longitudinal Placements (LP). This will allow you to get a glimpse of how the PA program is training us to become competent and compassionate Physician Assistants. We will also share information regarding who Physician Assistants are and how they fit in a health care team (National PA Day is coming up! #PADayCA)
One of the classes we have is Interviewing, Examining, and Reasoning. In this class, we learn how to do the above three things. We started off with learning how to take vitals (eg. Blood Pressure, Respiratory Rate, etc). Then we practiced the Respiratory and Cardio exam.
One of the best ways to practice our clinical skills is on Standardized Patients (SP). SPs are actors who come in presenting us with a case. We approach and interact with each SP as if they are real patients. We were a bit nervous at first but getting the opportunity to practice our clinical skills on SPs really helped us!
Two weeks ago, we had our Operating Room Orientation at Juravinski Hospital. This consisted of a tour around the OR and being taught how to get our scrubs (via the ScrubEx Machine).
On Halloween this year, a few of us had the amazing opportunity to hand out candy to kids staying at the McMaster University Medical Centre during the Halloween Parade. No pictures of the kids are allowed but we can assure you they are so cute in their costumes.
This concludes the summary of what we have been up to the last two months! Follow us on our social media to stay connected (click the pictures to be redirected)! If you have any questions regarding the program or the profession, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Facebook page.
Don't forget, National PA Day in Canada is happening on November 27th, follow our hashtag #PADayCA!