"To fight passionately for what we believe, but remain open to learning and growing. To be committed to helping people grow, deepen and behave more effectively in the world. This is The PA Life! " - Stephen Pasquini PA-C
The Physician Assistant Life Blog
The PA Life website was founded in 2012 as a simple blog dedicated to creating passionate PAs who want to make a difference in the world and affect positive change within themselves and in their communities. We are, as all healthcare providers should be, patient advocates. We see the profession not as a job, but as an opportunity to fight passionately for what we believe, but remain open to learning and growing. To be committed to helping people grow, deepen and behave more effectively in the world. Although the site has grown a lot, the mission hasn't changed a bit. I publish new blog posts weekly. You can find all my latest posts by clicking here.
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Click in the box below and bookmark your personal resource page with content geared specifically for you wherever you are along your PA path.
Whether you a perfecting your PA school application essay, finalizing your resume/cv, preparing for your first PA school interview, or studying for your PANCE or PANRE board exam, I have put together a collection of services to fit every budget and an ever-growing number of needs.
Physician Assistant School Finder - Interactive PA Program Directory
PANCE and PANRE Exam Preparation:
I currently offer two PANCE and PANRE preparation programs: The PA Life Academy and Smarty PANCE. The good news you purchase one, and you get both! The Academy is a minimalist version of SMARTY PANCE with only exam content, while SMARTY PANCE includes the entire PANCE and PANRE exam content blueprint and can be helpful for both exam prep and EOR exams. You can read more about both below:
The PANCE and PANRE Exam Academy
The PANCE and PANRE NCCPA Content Blueprint Checklist
The checklist links to each of these 467 topics, members can simply click on a topic to explore it further. Also included are 13 topic specific content blueprint exams available to all members, as well as a slough of other exams and review material.
- Cardiology 16% - 51 topics (diseases)
- Pulmonary 12% - 32 topics (diseases)
- GI and Nutrition 10% - 41 topics (diseases)
- Musculoskeletal 10% - 39 topics (diseases)
- ENT 9% - 57 topics (diseases)
- Reproductive 8% - 46 topics (diseases)
- Genitourinary 6% - 30 topics (diseases)
- Neurology 5% - 27 topics (diseases)
- Endocrinology 6% - 18 topics (diseases)
- Psychiatry 6% - 26 topics (diseases)
- Dermatology 5% - 45 topics (diseases)
- Hematology 3% - 18 topics (diseases)
- Infectious Disease 3% - 35 topics (diseases)
Total: 13 organ systems and 467 topics (diseases)
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Free PANCE and PANRE Practice Exams
The Audio PANCE and PANRE Physician Assistant Board Review Podcast
The Daily Eponym Email Series
The Physician Assistant Essay Collaborative and Review Service
Clickable map of all 56 AAPA State Constituent Chapters
PAFLIX: Physician Assistant Video on Demand
Physician Assistant Exam Review Podcast
Brian Wallace PA-C runs a website and podcast that focuses on topics covered on the PANCE and PANRE. Check out his site, the podcast is great as well!
- From a PA Tumbler blog with a hidden gem of great study guides (look at the links in the sidebar). I have compiled his study guides into my own dropbox folder to simplify the process. It includes things such as this simple yet brilliant Orthopedic Cheat Sheet.
Free Patient Health Handouts
- Did you know Epocrates Online offers an amazing collection of English and Spanish Patient Resources? Check it out it is amazing! Epocrates Patient Literature Library
Physician Assistant Job Search
- AAPA Joblink
- Check your state chapters most of them have job postings
- Indeed.com (PRO: compiles a list from multiple sources CON: often repeat listings, all listings with “assistant” often listed)
- Craigslist: Not what it used to be but still has some listings not found in other places
- Check individual hospital/practice websites (some organizations only post on their own career site)
Physician Assistant Shadow
- PA Shadow Online: Find a PA to shadow, or become a PA to shadow. This is such a great idea!
- The Turkey Book: The University of Washington's chapter of the national honor medical society Alpha Omega Alpha, founded in 1902, and the online home of the Turkey Book, a home-grown introductory manual to the wards for medical students. This thing rocks!
- Geeky Medics is a medical student learning platform that aims to make revision less painful and more productive.
- Patients Like Me: An amazing idea: Bring patients together and let them document their symptoms and what helped. This is set to revolutionize the way we do healthcare!
- The Stanford 25: Demonstrate one or more of the 25 technique dependent physical diagnosis maneuvers, then have the residents perform, demonstrate, perfect and show us how they teach. This is a cool site!
- RxAssist: A wonderful resource for free and discounted medications for patients. Search by medicine to find discounted pharmacies. This tool is priceless!
Free Medical Spell Checker for MS Word
- Free Medical Spell Checker For Microsoft Word, Custom Dictionary: You will be typing a lot of medical papers in your lifetime. This free custom dictionary by civil engineer and medical transcriptionist "Raj" is wonderful. Just follow the instruction on the page, it is easy to install.
- I also use Grammarly, which offers a feature-rich set of spell-check and proofreading options in their free web app. They also have an MS Word plugin that will take your spellcheck to the next level.
Physician Assistant Blogs/Forums
- PA Studen Essentials: The official AAPA PA Student Site chocked full of great info.
- My PA Training: An Excellent Student Site ran by Paul Kubin. He is a great blogger and has an active forum. He has some excellent books for purchase along with the wonderful PA Insider Podcast.
- Trust me, I'm a PA Student: This is one of the newest PA blogs on the block and one of my personal favorites. Paul has top notch resources and some of the most detailed blog posts on important topics that cover all aspects of our profession.
- The PA Platform: Run by Savanna Perry a collection of excellent blogs with guest posts and a very active social media presence.
- The Physician Assistant Forum: The "Gold Standard" when it comes to PA forums. I frequent this one often and so should you.
YouTube Channels Worth Subscribing to (Pre-PA)
- James Kim The Fresh Prince of Healthcare: Great videos covering all types of PRE-PA questions. He also is very active on social media and Instagram
- Life As a PA: Wonderful YouTube channel also very active on Instagram. Chocked full of great info.
- Pre-Physician Assistant Student HELP: Not as active as those mentioned above but Kelly has some timeless info that I refer people to all the time
Global Health Resources for PA's
- Grassroots Volunteering: Connecting travelers with local causes and communities
- Physician Assistants for Global Health: I am a bit biased since I am on the board. But this website is about to get an update, and it will soon be the best resource for PA's wanting to network with other PA's and work abroad as a PA.
- CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The go-to resource for travel medicine.
- Partners in Health: The wonderful home of Paul Farmer. If you are interested in Haiti start here. This book is what got me started, if you are interested in global health it is a great read!
- Health Horizons International: A great place to find volunteer opportunities as a PA or NP.
- Relief Web: Where is the greatest need for international volunteers? Here you will find your answer.
- Lonely Planets Free ebook and Maps Page: This link is to download maps to your e-reader. But is a great resource regardless.
Safety and Security Abroad
- Registration of Traveler Emergency Contact and Itinerary Information
- Transportation Security Administration
- U.S. Department of State
Helping People Resources
- Feed America: Yes many people in America are without food. This site will be an eye opener.
My Notes and Stuff
- Dermatology Atlas - is an online source of over 23,000 images of skin disease brought to you by Loyola University.
- ECG Library is an online collection of realistic-looking recordings that can help clinicians improve their ECG skills. It contains detailed information about how to recognize and interpret abnormal ECG findings.
- Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopedics is the largest, most comprehensive online medical textbook on orthopedics with 11,000 pages of text and over 5,000 images.