Rotation #6 : Pediatrics
Here are the details~
Location: Cerritos, CA
Schedule: Monday - Friday 9am-6pm
How it went down~
Upper respiratory infections, influenza, well child care, and rashes galore. February was jam packed with kiddos from a few days old to teenagers! My preceptors were two amazing PAs - Lawrence and Julianna. I saw a couple of adults here and there but I saw mainly all pediatric patients.
Half way through the month, I realized that my every day involved a fair amount of parental/guardian counseling and education with a little dose of acting silly with the kids. I saw plenty of colds and some 'zebra' pediatric disease processes. “Omg, what we studied in class really presented itself in real life!”
This rotation made me reflect on how grateful I am for my previous pediatric MA experience; I was able to scan a vaccine record and determine whether the patient was up to date in just a few seconds! On the same token though, when patients walked through the door, I had some anxiety because I am so accustomed to the Front/Back office MA role. As a PA student, I wait until the patient is ready to be seen; the MAs and scribes take care of paperwork, vitals, UA, vision/hearing screening, vaccines, etc.
Also, scribes are amazing. I’ve never worked with scribes before and they make the PA’s job so much easier! As a student, I didn’t use one but I saw how efficient the clinic ran with scribes! On Tuesdays and Thursdays, there was free cardio kickboxing classes for staff… so awesome! In addition, there was plenty of food and drug reps provided baked treats and lunches.
Senior Seminar Exam
Each month we have two exams where we have to return to campus on a Friday and Monday. For this month’s SS exam, we were tested on Endocrine Disorders. I used my first-year notes, Pance Prep Pearls, and asked my classmates how they studied. Got a little above average and I’m alright with that!
End of Rotation Exam
For this month, I used my first year notes and relied heavily on PPP. What’s also helpful is the blueprint on PAEA. And holy moly you guys, I got a higher than usual EOR score!
To see more of my day to day on this rotation, check out my Rotation 6 highlights on Instagram !