Good morning everyone and thanks for joining me today for another video for physicianassistantboards.com What I wanted to do today is two things. First off, I want to give you guys a big thank you. I want to thank everybody that’s been following me, supporting me, asking questions, helping me build this site to really help better prepare you.
This is about you guys and I really want to just take the time to say thank you. All of the feedback from those who answered the survey, that are asking questions, that are giving me helpful tips, and suggestions on what to improve on – I really appreciate that.
It really helps getting things moving in the direction you want to see. The second thing I want to talk about is the book. The book that I’m preparing for you guys, it’s currently being edited right now, and it should be available in the next couple of weeks. I know I have been talking about this on the podcast, I’ve talked about it on the website, but I really just want to let you guys know that I am in the process.
I haven’t made a video in probably a couple weeks now and that’s just because I have been so busy trying to get this thing together, to really get this thing out to you guys. Because I know a lot of people are asking when is it going to be available, saying “I have boards coming up”, “I have exams”; I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m working on it and I haven’t forgot about it, it just takes a little bit of time to get this thing together for you guys.
But really I want to thank you again for all the support. Now the book, right? The book is going to be available in a couple of weeks. This is geared for physician assistant students, but it will also definitely help those taking the PANRE. Now, for those of you taking the PANRE, you’re already physician assistants, you’re already practicing medicine.
The problem is you’re in a specialty. You’re probably in cardiology, dermatology, and you’re just seeing one specific type of patient. The problem with the boards and the PANRE, is that they give you this generalist exam and even if you decide to specialize in surgery or what not, it is still a generalist exam, which makes no sense.
It doesn’t make any sense to test you on something that you’re not even doing in clinical practice. Unfortunately, that’s the reality; you need something that’s really going to get you up to speed as quick as possible to pass the PANRE. The good thing is, for those of you who have taken the PANRE, I believe after this year or next year, it’s going to be every 10 years. So that process is going to be a lot easier for you guys. Right?
Now for those of you who are students, for those of you who are in physician assistant school right now and are getting ready to take exams, or to actually prepare for the BOARDS, this is going to help you a lot. The problem that students run into is that they don’t know how to focus their time. They don’t know what concepts are important, they don’t know what details they need to memorize, and they don’t know what to study. That’s the important part of studying for an exam. Why?
Medicine isn’t difficult and medicine isn’t complicated. The problem students have with medicine is the immense amount or vast amount of information that you’re expected to retain, in those little two or three years, depending on the program you’re in. It’s so much information that’s thrown at you all at once that you need some kind of way to cypher through what’s not important and really remember the important topics.
Remember the boards want to test you on what’s common. The boards want to test you on what you’re going to see most of the time and that’s good. Because if you know what to do most of the time, you can look up the other things. Now if you only focus on what’s rare; if you only focus on forth tier treatment plans, then you’re going to miss a lot of patients and you’re going to do a lot disservice to a lot of patients.
The board’s concept is testing what’s common, the boards testing on what’s the next best step, what’s first line treatment is that’s good. Right? That’s going to make you good clinicians. But you need to focus you’re time.
My goal with this book is to really help save you all that time from going to through all these resources, flipping through text book pages, because if you look at Harrison’s, these are thick volume books, right? So I did all of that work for you and I put everything together, in a simple to read format.
I said look, this is what you need to know. These are the details that are important to memorize so that you can pass your exam and pass the boards. So that was my goal with this book. Everything is categorized based on what you’re going to see most commonly, how they’re going to present (most commonly), how you’re going to diagnose these patients, first line treatment, and I also used some second and third line treatments when indicated.
A lot of times it’s not indicated to know the second, third or even fourth line treatments, you look those things up. You’re never going to know everything in medicine; you’re never going to memorize everything in medicine. Like I said, medicine isn’t complicated, but the amount of information is incredible. New evidence comes out every day; new guidelines are published every year and it’s impossible to memorize everything.
And your goal should never be to memorize everything; your goal should be to know where to look this information up. It doesn’t matter, it doesn’t make you the smartest for memorizing these little details. It might be cool, they might be good little trivia facts, but you need to know the core of medicine, you need to know the main nuts and bolts of medicine. Everything else you can look up.
The technology now a days is incredible. You have apps on your iPhone, you have up-to-date, Epocrates,that allow you to get this point of care quickly and you don’t even need internet half the time. So your job in school is to learn the nuts and bolts of medicine.
What I did in this book was really try and compress all that information into one easy to use resource to get you guys through your exams, to get you guys through PANCE, and for those of you already practicing medicine, but are in a specialty, to get you through that bullshit PANRE, you know right, it’s a waste of time. But it’s something that needs to be done none the less.
So, again, I want to give you guys a quick update. This book is being made, this book is in the process of being edited, I didn’t forget about you guys, and the other good thing about getting this book through somebody like me is that you have access to me right? If you have questions, if you have concerns, and if for some reason I wasn’t clear on anything, you can always email me.
I’m always going to get back to you, my commitment to you, is to really help you pass the boards, pass the exams, get through this hurdle to get you seeing patients, right? That’s the goal here. Access to me, honestly is great, I’m going to be able to help you guys, I’m going to be able to clarify things for you guys, and it’s something you don’t have if you buy a book through… let’s say… these publishers, I’m not going to name any names, because that’s not right, but you know, having access to somebody that actually wrote the material, is a great resource, so use it.
Email me, even if it’s not about the book, email me. I’m always happy to answer questions. I get emails all the time regarding what to do with job interviews, when to start looking for a job, and advice on getting through school. I get questions on clinical pearls. You know things like that, so use it.
I wish there was somebody out there when I was in school who had the time to answer questions, so please use it. I’m here to help as much as possible. I want to really see you guys get through this because this is something that needs to be done.
So anyway, that’s my little rant for today, thanks for the support, thanks for joining me today guys, I really appreciate everything, and the book will be out in the next couple of weeks. Any questions at all, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can go ahead and find me on twitter or Facebook. I’m on those things all the time. Like I said, my goal is to help you get through this final step. Alright hope you guys have a great week!