In order to provide feedback and insight to current and future PA students, we have decided that we want to include a little Q&A that is filled out by various members of the 2014 class about experiences they have had with their longitudinal placements (LP).
Our very first Q&A is from non other than MPASA's Treasurer, Mandeep Agnihotri! Read on to find out about his LP....
What LP did you do (i.e. family, peds, ER, EMS ride along, etc.)?
How did you go about contacting and arranging the LP?
The PA office provided me with an email contact for my LP. I then emailed my preceptor, filled out some paperwork and arranged specific dates and times for my LP.
What were the two main things you learned from this LP?
What did you wish you knew to help you in your LP?
I wish I brought a small note-pad that I could stick inside my lab coat. It would have been helpful to jot down some medications and drug names that were repeatedly being said.
How has this experience helped you clinically, in class and/or in career decision making?
I did my LP quite early in the year, so many of things that I came across during my LP were not in context (i.e. we hadn’t covered many common pathologies in tutorial yet). Looking back, some of the terminology that was introduced to me in my LP are now starting to appear in tutorial. As such, I am able to relate my LP experiences to tutorial cases.
Any other comments?
My preceptor emailed me regarding the dress code before my LP (in fact, for my placement it was formal clothing with lab coat). If you feel comfortable, I suggest you email your preceptor beforehand so you don’t put yourself in an awkward situation where you are either underdressed or overdressed.