PA School || Didactic Year vs Clinical Year || Time Management

I have all afternoon to spend with my family and then I can still study in the evening or write a note or do my case study or work on my master's thesis project study for the pants it is beautiful lots of you guys Sudan and welcome back to my channel so for those of you who knew I do PA related content on YouTube pick your time right now go look at my channels see if you like what you see and if you do go ahead and subscribe also hit that notification bellow so you know every single time that I put out a new video so this video is going to be about how I manage my time I've had a lot of questions about this just how I manage my time in PA school and you know how I manage my time as a mom and wife and things like that and I've kind of touched on it here and there but I don't think I've ever done it like a dedicated video to it and so that is exactly what I'm going to do in this video so with respect to managing my time in didactic year obviously it was a lot different because didactic year we were there in school literally eight hours a day and then it's it's a lot in didactic year because you are testing you are having these quizzes all the time and so you're always studying because obviously you have to know the material it's new stuff to you so you have to learn the material because it's new to you but in clinical year it's a little bit different so doctor here like I said we're in class from 8 to 5 yes 8 to 5 every day on Friday so it was a little bit different yes we still had to get into class by 8 that was typically our clinical day like where we would go to the clinic and see patients so although we'll be there at a you know we'd go to the clinic at like 9:00 something we'd have like maybe like a little 30 minute break we would end the clinic at 12:00 if we were in the morning as our clinic day and then we'd come back to school for one and then we would have problem-based learning where we're like in a room and we get this new pretend patient and we have to diagnose them and you know write up a note and all that stuff and that would last for hours so that we would be out of class again at 5:00 so although a little bit nicer and the things that we're doing we still have an 8 to 5 day but it was every day from that we would I would go home and you know study depending on if it was Monday through Thursday because Friday typically it was like you know get ready for Sabbath so I kind of whined everything down because they don't study or do anything school related and you work from sunset Friday to sense the Saturday and that was my time off but with respect to that like it was just really super militant regimented when it came to didactic year my day started early I'd have to like get up get get ready make sure that you know little my daughter was ready so that she can go to the bus stop for school thank God the bus came like literally right to our doorstep essentially for her to go to school so that wasn't something that had to be concerned about too much and then I would go off to school and school would start anywhere from 8 o'clock I think there were some days where we started a little bit later on Tuesdays depending on when my sim class was maybe I would start at like 9:15 or 9:30 but typically it was like an 8 hour and eight to nine hour day apart from that I would come home I literally go like just get back into momma like cook clean whatever it is that I had to do from the hours of 5:00 to like 7:30 because kids are in bed at 7:30 so that means that I get to study and so I would study from literally 7:30 to maybe like 10:30 although like you know like yeah I I keep talking on my kids but I'd yeah I have a husband and so uh he'd be there too I would have him like you know we'd be in the same room or something like for me it's just a matter of like being in close proximity together so if I was upstairs and he was downstairs no I didn't like that so I go downstairs and if he's working on a project like I'm there studying as well and just as long as we're there we can talk to each other I know he's there I like I like that so that was like my didactic year a political year yeah oh man if you can just make it the clinical year you are golden like it is you are set okay because it's like the light at the end of the tunnel you know that like for the most part you're going to like pass clinical year rarely do people like fail out a clinical year they may like fail and an end a rotation exam or something like that but then typically I guess there's a remediation that's put in place so for its clinical year likely you're going to be fine you're going to fit in and you're gonna like be golden with scum when it comes to clinical year so just make it to clinical year and you will be okay but in clinical year I'm like my year my time is so much more my own now don't get me wrong there are hard aspects of clinical year because in clinical year you you have to direct everything you know you don't have these teachers I'm saying hey we got a test coming up in two weeks you need to study or you know you don't have like that consistent constant like grind that you had in didactic year so it's easy to kind of be like oh you know I'm just on my clinical I don't need to study for this test that's coming up and you know ten months called the pants that is going to be you know really my actual like major test that I need to pass or you know I have time to study for that certification exam or you know let me go here and you know take a little nice vacation because I was only I only have to work three days out of this week cuz I did three twelve you know so it's easy to get into that low you know it's easy to get into that mode because again like you don't have anybody there like pushing you constantly saying hey you got to study you got to do this but don't fall into that trap because you're just gonna shoot yourself in the foot and it's gonna be a negative on your part so for me and my clinical you're depending on the rotation of mine some rotations lent more time to this than others but like for instance you know on my trauma rotation where I worked to twenty fours in the week I would have a lot of time off so I would go ahead and study I would schedule myself to study that there were days that I put off for myself like for my family apart from Saturday which I already automatically has built in because you know of my religion I already have that that time off just for me in the fan but you know during the week I may like put off a day because oh I have to go and get some more clinical sites and so I would have to lock those down so I would take that day to like go travel here and there to like try to see hey do you take PA students if so are you willing to take me on your next rotation and if not you know then I move on to the next thing but I would also study study studies so like for all of the things that I'm doing I would study with respect to my er I'd study for that and I'm going to have and I have a video on that I'm gonna have a video on that studying for my end of rotation exams just exactly how I go through that but I was study for my eor I'd also just kind of review things or subjects that I felt like I needed a little bit more extra help in cardiology being like one of those you know it's a huge portion of our certification exam and so it's important that we know cards and so I would study that as well and then also I continue on and just like looking at some of the materials for like my upcoming rotation I would do that as well so with respect to managing that time obviously in my trauma rotation I had more time to do that because I'd have five days off before like my next shift or maybe two days before my next shift and then I'd you know have three days off so it worked really really well on rotations where I'm doing like for tens obviously I would study in the evening after I've gotten home that's more so like didactic gear but again it's still not the same because during the rotation as well you have time to study like on your lunch break I would study you know there are there are times when I was impatient and we didn't necessarily have any patients to see because we saw them already I already did all of my rounds and then it's just like waiting for you know a console call to be called in from the IDI and so I have time to do other things so I would do that as well and and I'm still doing that because I'm still on rotations but literally like what depending on what I saw my debut at 7 8 9 you know sometimes 10 I would either wake up take the opportunity to wake up kind of late you know how my devotion and then get ready to go to work on my rotation and then you know go through that day but then come home and spend time with the family gehen you always have to give that time to the family and study so from didactic year it's a clinical year the studying doesn't end is just how you study and how you structure that it's not as regimented as it was in didactic here because I'm not like okay I only have from 7:30 to 10:30 to study no I literally like on my clinical year I may be getting off at 4 I love it you guys I love clinical years so much I might be getting out at 4 or 3 o'clock in the afternoon and so I have all afternoon to spend with my family and then I can still study in the evening or write a note or do my case study or work on my master's thesis project study for the pants it is beautiful so I love it but that is how I manage my time very very strategically I always make sure that there is time for family God and studying those are really important to me not in that order it's like God family studying but that's I make sure that I manage my time well with respect to that and I make sure that I am getting the information that I need because I want to also know that I know the material because I know that for the most part I'm going to be tested on this because you're tested on every core rotation on my elective rotations which we're we get four of them we don't get tested on those except for like ah skis which are you know your preceptor is asking you like questions there pretending to be a patient and now you have to come and diagnose them but other than that it's like it's pretty like just kind of go with the flow so that was that's how I managed my time I hope you guys you know learn something from this or you guys like the whole idea of clinical year a lot more because it is amazing but I am really excited to see what these next couple months hold and again pray for me yall because I will be taking my pants in a few short months I'm really really really nervous about it but you know I think that they are preparing as well anyways if you have any other questions go ahead and leave them in the comment section below if you have any video ideas that you want to see that I may not have addressed yet go ahead and leave those as well and follow me on instagram and 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  1. I had a few questions about the field I want to work in. I was curious because I REALLY want to work with infants, like one on ones, deliveries, etc. can PAs provide for infants and care for them?

  2. Hi Adana, me again, your most inspired and determined pre-pa student 😃
    I have an idea that will both help you study, and help other pa students understand some topics.
    What I started doing, as a pre-pa rn – I got one of those PANCE exam cards, and my goal is to study and understand 1 card per week day (and go over them on weekend and then repeat later on). But there are some concepts that I just don’t understand the explanation of them in the cards, so I was thinking, maybe one of your videos could be teaching some concepts or topics in a few words what’s really important to know to a pa student?
    If you would, please start with Starling Law (which I did get eventually), and Laplace Law – which ughhh I just don’t get it at all, and it’s somehow related to alveoli remaining open and potential to have aneurism..?? 🤯 what???

  3. Hi Adanna
    This is not related to the topic of the video, but I wanted to know if working at an optician' s office as an interpreter would count towards patient care experience?

  4. I cannot wait for clinicals. I’m super nervous but excited. I have 2 weeks to finish my first year (I’m so over studying) and then summer semester which I heard is easier and more fun (we get to do more hands on like suturing, IVs, intubation, etc). Then in August starts clinicals!

  5. So, so looking forward to clinical year! I’m wrapping up my 3rd semester of didactic right now, and the incoming class begins in May! I can’t believe I’m nearly a year into my journey. Thanks for sharing your experience of time management. I’m still so impressed that you do it while taking care of 2 kiddos.

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