Day in the Life – Stanford PA Student
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Day in the Life – Stanford PA Student

[Music] Hey guys, my name is Shanice Watts
and I’m a first-year Physician Assistant student here at Stanford. And so today we’re gonna head to principles
of clinical medicine. Then we’re gonna go to a lunch talk, and after
that we’re gonna do some clinical skills and shadow at the hospital. So, let’s get started. So, I’m about to head into lecture on principles
of clinical medicine and this is a course where we learn about different organ blocks
and the disease processes associated with different illnesses. So, last quarter we learned about DERM, ENT,
MSK and neuro and this quarter we’re learning about cardio and pompe. So, let’s head in. So we just learned about PFTs which are pulmonary
function tests and spirometry, which are – are really important in diagnosing different lung
conditions like asthma and COPD as well as emphysema. So, now we’re headed to a lunch seminar to
learn about strokes. So, let’s go. [music] Hey guys, so we just came from a lunch
seminar, which we go to on most days to learn about some cool topics and eat some good food. I’m Laura, I’m also first-year PA student
here at Stanford and right now we’re both on our way to clinical skills. So, in our practice of medicine course we
actually take it with the med students and in this course we actually learn our clinical
skills, along with medical ethics, quantitative medicine and health policy. So, like she mentioned in clinical skills
what we do is we learn a physical exam and after we’ve learned that in Q2 and now we’re
in Q3. And so what we’re doing now is how to apply
those physical exams with a patient that we see. And so that’s just learning diagnostics and
so we see a patient and according to their symptoms what physical exam do we choose from,
and how do we apply that. Um, and so alongside that, we also have been
seeing patients both in the hospital and in clinics and uh, just learning how to – how
it actually comes together in the real world. And so now we’re going to practice our clinical
skills. We’re going to focus on cardiovascular, pulmonary,
and cranial nerves. [music] So, I chose PA school because I like
the idea of being able to change specialty seamlessly. So that means let’s say working in primary
care first and then possibly going into neurosurgery if you have multiple interests. I definitely agree with that, I also wanted
to add on that I really like the flexibility of being a PA and the fact that once you’re
at home and off work you’re off work, unlike a doctor where you can be on call and have
notes to do, charts at home. When I was pre-med, the whole reason I wanted
to be a doctor was to see patients, to treat them and you know, hopefully make their lives
better. And working as a scribe I realized that PAs
are essentially doing everything that I wanted to be doing. So I didn’t really see a point of going through
all that time and spending all that money to do what I wanted, what I could be doing
as a PA. So that’s why I made the change to PA. So, in terms of the requirements for PA school,
you definitely need a bachelor’s degree and you also need paid clinical experience. So they will not take volunteer experience. So some examples of some clinical experience
included like being an MA, a CNA, a scribe, paramedic and EMT, but this all varies from
school to school so it’s definitely important to look into that. Another requirement that they have is the
GRE. Some schools require certain classes and some
schools don’t, I feel like it’s less prescribed. Like in medical school you have a subset of
these are – these are pre-med classes that you need to take, PA school it’s less so. Some schools may require Spanish, some schools
may require genetics and so you really need to look at each individual school’s Website
to see what is necessary in order to get into that school. PA schools are normally two to three years
whereas medical school is four years plus residency. PA schools generally don’t have residencies
afterwards, it’s expected that you learn on the job. However, it’s up and coming now that there
are new PA residencies or fellowships and those are one year programs where you can
learn about one specialty. [music] So, one of the
main reasons I chose Stanford was because of the people here and the resources they
have is really amazing. And that’s what they sold me on pretty much
when I came here and interviewed because I initially actually wasn’t even going to interview
here, I decided that I was going to go elsewhere. But then after looking at the Website plus
just the location’s amazing I was like, “okay, sure I’ll interview here, why not?” And that’s pretty much when they sold me on
all these things. Um, the people here are really invested in
your growth, and your learning and so that’s what really kind of sold me. I chose Stanford because my family is nearby
and I wanted to stay in California and practice as a PA here. So, I thought it was the perfect opportunity
to network with different physicians and um, PAs. I also chose Stanford because of the endless
opportunities that they offer here. You can do anything that you put your mind
to and you can find a mentor or a faculty member to help you get to where you wanna
be. So, in terms of advice for a PA students I
would definitely recommend starting the CASPer process early, because it can take a really
long time and it’s pretty tedious. And a lot of schools had deadlines in July
and CASPer opens in April, so it’s really important to start early. Yeah, and also with CASPer it’s really important
to kind of set your net wide, especially if you’re you know, worried about maybe not getting
into some schools and getting into others. It’s nice to have options especially if you
get in, if you’re lucky enough to get into more than one school. It’s nice to have that option but if you’re
worried about not getting in or something, casting your net wide is the best thing you
can do in that situation. I definitely – definitely agree with that,
um, I would also add that it’s important to apply to PA school when you think that you’re
the strongest applicant. And also setting aside some cost some like
2-3 thousand dollars for flights and hotels, because interview process is very expensive. You can be housed by uh, PA student at the
school you’re applying to during the interview process, and that’s a good – really good way
to cut costs if you know, things are getting expensive. Yeah, I definitely didn’t know about that
beforehand, so that’s really key. So, in terms of specialty I’m definitely interested
in doing something broad like emergency medicine and then branching into something more specialized
like neurosurgery or dermatology. I have no idea necessarily what exactly I
wanna go into, but I have a few like maybe ideas. I think I also wanna start with something
broad and like emergency medicine or primary care and then specialize into I’m thinking
maybe haematology oncology, specifically breast oncology. I scribed there beforehand and I really enjoyed
that. Hey guys, so this was a day in the life of
a PA student in Stanford. Thanks for watching and we gotta get back
to studying, so yeah. You guys can follow me at shaniceW-PA and
you don’t have to follow me, good. Thanks, bye. Bye. Um, neurology and – I can’t remember. What was the other one? [laughs] So I’m about to head… stays to
get some free food and learn about some cool topics [laughs]. So I don’t know where to look, whether I should
be looking at her when she’s speaking or the camera. Dude what’s the next step of what we… I don’t know what I’m saying. [laughs] Feedback on the hair. [laughs] But in terms – What about the hair? Oh yeah, the hair is bad don’t, don’t do it. So in terms of… Watts, Stanford badminton team just showed
me how it’s done. I got my butt kicked. You guys should follow her, she’s gonna be
staring in A Day in The Life of a PA student. [music]

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42 thoughts on “Day in the Life – Stanford PA Student

  1. PLEASE READ!!!…. Guys I need Advise…Right now my mind is a whole mess. I know that I wanna do something inside the Healthcare field but I don’t really know what in specific I wanna do. I got my CNA certificate during the summer and I worked about 6 months on a Nursing Facility and I loved it, It was my first time having a real experience with patients, after that I decided that I wanted to become a Registered Nurse. Right now I am going to a Community College and I am gonna go for my ADN first because of my circumstances. I Am 20 years old and I’m gonna try to complete the pre-reqs as fast as possible so I can get into the program earlier. And hopefully I find a ADN to BSN or a ADN to MSN program in my stare (Texas).

    The real Dilema here is that I don’t know whether I wanna stick to nursing the whole time, I do wanna work as a nurse for some years ( on my 20’s) , and then I would like to Become a PA later when I decide to have a family. But I just don’t know if being a Nurse first will affect me on a negative way when I apply to a PA school in the future. I been thinking a lot about it lately and I can’t attend to a 4 year University this year because of my special circumstances (I just moved to Texas and I’m considered out of state for a year and tuition is insane). SO Please I need some advise, what would you guys do in my shoes, I feel like I’m running out of time…

  2. Woah, so weird. I know this girl! I took ochem with her and a few other classes at community college! Hey Shanice!!

  3. Insightful video as always, Kevin. Would it be possible to do a Day in the Life of a Radiology resident at some point? Thanks!

  4. Thank you 🙂 I love when videos are made about PAs and PA students and what we are all about 🙂 I have 1.5 weeks until I’m done with my first year of PA school. Clinicals start in August.

    It’s also very interesting to see other schools, how they do it. We learned a while complete head to toe physical exam during the first semester and the started adding that, knowledge about diseases, and history taking all together for OSCEs. As well as like my friend the max credits she has in a semester is 19. We had 18 credits first semester, 23 credits second semester, and 32 credits this semester. So excited to go back down to 18 credits in second summer.

    I love helping people and answering questions about the profession (even though I’m super busy these next two weeks, especially next semester) so if anyone has questions for me you can message me on Instagram @lisafellis (it’s just easier than responding on YouTube since sometimes I don’t check notifications for here for like over a week).

  5. I want to know how would we be able to get in contact with other PA students for interviews and can that almost be done with medical school students?

  6. My country doesn't have PAs and (not trying to be rude)I still don't understand the utility of one. We already have doctors and nurses. Why do we need someone to do a little bit of both these jobs and create a separate profession ?

  7. Did you take Organic chemistry 2? I am now taking organic 1 and I don't think if I will have any interest in learning chemistry after this one.

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