Friday, August 30, 2013

In Need of Anatomy & Physiology Help?

Recently I spoke to pre-PAs at an Information Session for the physician assistant program that I attend (USC) and I was reminded of a very useful application (app) called Visible Body. I would like to thank Erica Batres for reminding me! (She also writes a very interesting blog which I encourage you all to check out:

Visible Body is actually the parent company for several useful anatomy and physiology study app. These various apps are simple and easy to use that allows you to move various anatomic structures 360 degrees and hide or show certain structures.

Their various products include:

Here is a link to their store!
They also offer a free trial!!!!! >>>>

*** I do not get any money from this company. Several people in my class use this application along with one of our professors.

I wish I had this when I was in undergrad.


Monday, August 26, 2013

Life Rolls On...

I have been volunteering with a group called Life Rolls On for several summers now and it is an amazing experience every time. Life Rolls On (LRO) is a subsidiary of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (That is Superman if you did not know). LRO is a non-profit organization to provides opportunities for people with varying levels of paralysis. One of their goals is to "inspire others to see the boundless possibilities beyond paralysis" and they do a great job!

There flagship program is called They Will SURF Again (TWSA) and it is the program that I have been involved with. They also have They Will SKATE Again and They Will SKI Again programs that offer unique opportunities. Below is a video which will do a lot better explaining the event then I would. Plus I think it provides more emotion then I could in my writing.

We are LRO from Life Rolls On on Vimeo.

Here are some pictures:

I also want to highlight a special athlete, his name is Patrick Ivison.  He is very active in a physical sense and in the community. He is also a USC Trojan and attends there film school. He has a really impressive resume which I can not go into here because it is just to long. Please check out this video on him:

I hope this inspires you to get out there and volunteer within a community you enjoy helping!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Do PAs Intubate? You Bet!!!

Dr. Lary Mellick is part of the Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Faculty at Georgia Regents University and he also has an amazing YouTube channel that I encourage you all to check out. Here is the link:  He also has a blog which you can read here:

But I want to bring your attention to a recent video he posted. Please check it out:

Important PA Related Legislation!!!

"Obscure language tucked into a 2,225-page proposed regulatory rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) threatens to disrupt the important role of PAs and other qualified licensed practitioners in the hospital admissions process by mandating new requirements that limit the ability of PAs and NPs to admit patients." - Source

Please check out the link above, and contact your representative in government!

This is a picture from the recent AAPA Conference in Washington, D.C.


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Have you heard of the PANCE? No not your pants!

PANCE stands for Physician Assistant National Certification Exam.  The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistant (NCCPA) is responsible for creating and maintaing the integrity of the PANCE. Basically they make sure the PANCE is difficult and that if you are able to pass that test you are going to be fit to be a PA (at least on paper). If you are starting PA school soon it would behove (yes I just used that word) you to look at the student section of their website and check out the content blueprint they give for the exam.

(Notice I used Skitch here. What is Skitch? Check out my previous blog post: When studying gets difficult don't itch SKITCH)

They break it down by Organ System and Task

What I have done is focus on the organ systems, and I created a PANCE notebook within my Evernote (How I use Evernote Part 1 and Part 2). I then created a note for each organ system and within each note I retyped up the diseases that is given in the blueprint. And it was nice to see that I have covered most of them in my first year of PA school. Then I started linking the disease to my previous notes and objectives on the same topic.  This is all with the idea that one it comes time for studying the PANCE I have a very complete and organized study guide. (Is this idea a little OCD, probably but hey if it helps you all I am happy to share.) 

If you have started using Evernote, please let me know how it is going. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Antidotes for Addiction....

Recently I was contacted about an interesting infographic and I thought I would share it with you all.

When studying gets difficult don't itch.... SKITCH!!!

Skitch is an awesome app that you can find in the Evernote Trunk.  It allows you to modify and mark up notes in various ways. Here is Skitch's short overview:

Bellow I show how I use Skitch for studying in PA school . I have also used in making annotated images for presentations and handouts.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Evernote in PA School (Part 2)

I would like to say that I am not paid by Evernote, in fact I pay them for a premium membership. But with that said I think they have an awesome product and I am happy to share my experience with the product with all of you.

Also I would like to Screenflick. Which is the software I used to make these quick videos. It took me a while to settle on a particular software and I think given the features, price and ease of use I made the right choice. In the future I will see if I can get the quality even better. Any suggestions are welcome!

At USC all of the lecture material is posted prior to class, so this is what I do prior to class:

Once I am in lecture this is how I take notes:

This is how I organize notes by a notebook and how to merge notes:

This is how to tag notes and view by tagged notes:

If you have questions or comments please let me know. I am interested in learning how you use Evernote already and in the future.  Coming up I will highlight how I use Skitch which works seamlessly with Evernote and does some amazing things. If you like Evernote you are going to love Skitch.  Check out the other products Evernote has to offer:

You can also check out The Trunk which has other apps that work well with Evernote.

After working on making these video, I think I have realized how big of a nerd I am...
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

What do you know about the history of the PA profession?

I could write some interesting introduction here... but I can not come up with anything better then giving you the direct link to the Physician Assistant History Society (PAHx).  They have put together a wealth of information and I HIGHLY encourage everyone to check out there website and read about the history of PA profession.

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