Longitudinal Placements (LP) are clinical observerships organized by the student in domain of his/her choice to gain relevant clinical knowledge in that area of medicine
1. What LP did you do?
I did an LP in the Emergency Room at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
2. How did you go about contacting and arranging the LP?
Maureen Taylor is my preceptor for ProComp and she also works at Sunnybrook Hospital as a Physician Assistant in the ER. I emailed her and we were able to set up an LP.
3. What were the two main things you learned from the LP?
I really enjoyed the time I spent in the ER because I learned a lot about the structure of patient care in a busy, level-one trauma centre. It was really useful to learn how a PA functions within the ER team. I was able to observe several procedures.
4. What did you wish you knew beforehand to help you in your LP?
If I were to go again, I would like to read up on common medications used in the ER and their MOAs.
5. How has this experience helped you clinically, in class and/or in career decision making?
Being in the ER helped me bridge my understanding of history-taking and physical exams from the classroom to a clinical setting.
6. Any other comments?
I would recommend it to my classmates and I would love to try another LP in the ER!
Maureen Taylor, CCPA, McMaster PA Class of 2010
Prior to becoming a Physician Assistant, Maureen worked as a medical journalist and television reporter for the CBC for two decades. She is currently working as a PA at Sunnybrook Hospital in the Emergency Department. She is also a preceptor for the McMaster PA Program Professional Competencies class.
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