Becoming a P.A. (Physician Assistant / Associate)
By Ariel Campa
Join me from day one of school all the way to graduation day as I go through P.A. (Physician Assistant) school! Follow me along my 30 month journey, and tune in each week for relevant tips and real life advice that I discover along the way. If you’re an aspiring P.A., curious about what it’s really like in P.A. school, or just want to learn more about the P.A. profession, then this show is for you!
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Episode 35: Allergy & Immunology Elective Rotation
If you’re like me then you’re essentially clueless when it comes to what a PA working in allergy & immunology does. Tune in to learn (like I did) just exactly what an immunology/allergy PA does. I was surprised myself during this elective rotation! Also get all your discounts with code: PA_LEIRA and follow along on IG @PA_Leira for more content.
January 18, 2023
Episode 34: Pediatrics Rotation
Check out my experiences during my pediatrics rotation, as well as my tips on how to pass your peds EOR and do well during your rotation! As always, tune in for major PA school journey updates and discounts too using code: PA_LEIRA
January 09, 2023
Episode 33: Emergency Medicine Rotation
Tune in to hear my take on my emergency medicine rotation! This rotation was probably my top feared rotation, so listen now to find out if it turned out better than I expected or not, as well as how I prepared for the EOR exam, along with several PA life updates!
December 23, 2022
Episode 32: Women’s Health/OBGYN Rotation
Hear my experience with my women’s health/OBGYN rotation, as well as how I studied and performed on the EOR exam, and tips for doing well on your own women’s health rotation, too! Also, I share some updates and announce a new giveaway. Discounts: PA_LEIRA
October 14, 2022
Episode 31: Primary Care Rotation
Tune in to hear all about my primary care rotation, how to best prepare for your primary care rotation, how to study for the EOR, as well as more exciting updates on my PA school journey!
July 20, 2022
Episode 30: Inpatient Services Rotation
On this episode, I review my inpatient services rotation. It was my first rotation in the hospital setting, and I genuinely did not know what to expect. I also share some advice for studying for your internal medicine EOR as well as upcoming giveaways, my next rotation, and of course your discounts for Picmonic, The PA Platform, Med by Liv, and My PA Box: all with the code PA_Leira
May 04, 2022
Episode 29: Family Medicine Rotation
Some tips for doing well on your family medicine rotation, what things I enjoyed and disliked about my own family medicine rotation, as well as exciting news about a future giveaway! Needing your discounts? Use code: PA_Leira for % off at Picmonic, The PA Platform, My PA Box, and Med by Liv 👍🏼
April 21, 2022
Episode 28: Enjoying Electives - My Dermatology Rotation
Find out if my first elective rotation was everything I hoped for, and what it’s really like to work in dermatology as a PA. Don’t forget to follow along on IG too @PA_Leira
March 23, 2022
Episode 27: My Take on My Internal Medicine Rotation
I officially survived my out patient internal medicine rotation and EOR exam! Tune in now to hear my thoughts about this rotation, tips on how to study for this EOR, and advice on how best to prepare and do well during your internal medicine rotation, as well as some big news! (Hint - giveaway + new collaboration) For discounts use the code PA_Leira on this link https://linktr.ee/pa_leira
January 03, 2022
Episode 26: What it’s Really like During Your Orthopedic Surgery Rotation
Find out what the OR is really like and how to survive/thrive during your own orthopedic surgery rotation. Tune in also to hear my experience during this rotation, as well as how to pass the general surgery EOR exam, and other tips to help you succeed during clinical rotations! For all $ discounts use code: PA_Leira https://linktr.ee/pa_leira
December 14, 2021
Episode 25: Surviving your Psychiatric Rotation (Behavioral Medicine)
Find out how I’ve been doing during my 4 week psychiatric (behavioral medicine) rotation here at an out patient psychiatric clinic. See how I’ve been handling seeing patients in the clinic and prepping for the upcoming EOR exam as well! Get all your discounts with the code PA_Leira and follow along on IG @PA_Leira
October 11, 2021
Episode 24: My Chat with The Pre-PA Clinic
Today’s episode features Beth and Katie, the incredible women behind The Pre-PA Clinic. They come on to share with us about their experiences as practicing PAs, their advice for pre-PA, PA, and newly graduated PA students, as well as all that their company has to offer students interested in becoming PAs! Check them out on Instagram: @PrePAClinic or log on to https://prepaclinic.com for more information. You can also tune in now to their podcast: “Where The White Coats Come Off” to hear more amazing interviews and advice. A special offer for a free one month membership of their services is available to you using the link: https://go.prepaclinic.com/secretoffer
September 13, 2021
Episode 23: Ten Tips for Surviving Didactic Year
Here are my ten greatest tips for surviving didactic year of PA school! There is a light at the end of the tunnel; tune in as I prep for clinical year and to find out now how I got through didactic year of PA school.
August 09, 2021
Episode 22: Wrapping up Didactic Year + Starting Clinical Rotations
Tune in now to find out which rotations I’ll be starting with to kick off my clinical rotations! Find out how didactic year is going now that the end is finally near! And of course all of your discounts using code: PA_Leira
July 08, 2021
Episode 21 - Starting my Final Semester of Didactic Year + PA Name Change: BIG NEWS!
Join me as I reflect on my first year of PA school, and as I look ahead to my final semester of didactic year. Hear about some of my favorite memories, my hardest class, and my favorites too! Also, tune in to hear the big news about the official PA name change! As always, use code PA_Leira for discounts at The PA Platform, Med By Liv, My PA Box, and more!
May 24, 2021
Episode 20: Interview with Jordan Fisher: PA-C and Author of PA Next Steps
On today’s episode we hear from practicing urgent care PA, Jordan Fisher, about how to succeed during clinical rotations. Jordan is also a PA school instructor and clinical preceptor & shares his insights on the critical next steps to take after graduation in his new eBook: PA Next Steps, available now at www.panextsteps.com with 20% off using the code “earlyadopter20” . You can also find him on FB and IG @PANextSteps
April 07, 2021
Episode 19: Post-Spring Break Vibes in Third Semester + GIVEAWAY ALERT!
As third semester begins to wind down, tune in to hear how I spent my first spring break as a PA student, as well as how to stay sane and survive in the long journey known as PA school. Also, find out how YOU could win my newest giveaway! Plus 10% & 15% off discount codes: PA_LEIRA (My PA Box, The PA Platform, & Med By Liv) and 20% off Picmonic: https://www.picmonic.com/viphookup/PALeira
March 19, 2021
Episode 18: Surviving Third Semester (And a Winter Storm) in P.A. School
Tune in now to find out how things have changed since we last spoke! Did I survive storm Uri? Did I survive my neuro course? Tune in now! Plus get 20% off Picmonic membership with the link: https://www.picmonic.com/viphookup/PALeira & 15% off my PA Box, 10% off Med by Liv & 10% off now with The PA Platform using code: PA_Leira
February 22, 2021
Episode 17: How to Prepare for Your P.A. School Interviews
On today’s episode learn how I prepared for my PA school interviews, as well as tips on how you can prepare and succeed in your own PA school interviews, whether it be online or in person! Picmonic 20% off link: https://www.picmonic.com/viphookup/PALeira
January 27, 2021
Episode 16: Start of Third Semester + The Best Way to Spend your Breaks during P.A. School
Third semester has officially begun for me, and my four weeks of winter break has sadly come to an end. Hear how I spent my break and how I plan to tackle this semester. Tune in for updates and tips on how to survive and thrive in all semesters of didactic year!
January 11, 2021
Episode 15: How to Prepare your P.A. School Application + Winter Break Updates
Applying to P.A. school is a daunting task, and overwhelming to say the least. Tune in now to hear how I prepared for my CASPA application along with tips to make the whole process less overwhelming and more doable. Also, hear about how I’m spending my winter break off from school! Happy holidays!
December 22, 2020
Episode 14: Surviving the First Half of Didactic Year
I am officially a half way through didactic year of PA school survivor! Tune in now to hear how it went and what my plans are for winter break as well as for next semester. Exciting news, updates, and tips included in this episode too!
December 09, 2020
Episode 13: How to Stay Positive During P.A. School (and life)
I often get asked how I stay so positive despite many setbacks in my life, and today I’m sharing with you my secrets to staying positive! P.A. School (and life) is hard sometimes, I’m not going to lie, but you can and will get through it! Tune in now for my 6 month update & positivity tips.
November 23, 2020
Episode 11: Things I wish I knew before starting PA School/Giveaway Winner/2nd semester updates
Hey guys! In Today’s episode I am so happy to announce the winner of the giveaway! I also have some more exciting updates about a future podcast cameo I’ll be doing, how second semester is going now that I’m officially halfway done, as well as some advise on what I wish I had known before starting PA school!
October 16, 2020
Episode 10: News & Giveaway Alert + week 4 of Second Semester
Tune in today to hear how second semester of P.A. school is going so far now that week 4 is a wrap! Tons of exciting news to share with you guys (hint - one is a giveaway for you!), a new website, and two new affiliations & discounts for you guys as well! Discount code: PA_Leira and website: www.becomingapa.com
September 18, 2020
Episode 9: Second Semester Update & Tips
The first two weeks of second semester have absolutely flown by! Tune in now to hear more about how this semester compares to first semester of P.A. school and if it really is easier like everyone says it will be. As always, hear some more tips from me about how to survive and thrive during P.A. school as well!
September 07, 2020
Episode 8: The Beginning of Second Semester of P.A. School
I officially survived the 1st semester of P.A. school and second semester is upon us! Tune in now to hear how second semester is going so far, how it compares to first semester, and my main goals & tips for this semester.
August 26, 2020
Episode 7: Looking Back on my 1st Semester of P.A. School
I survived my first semester of P.A. school! Tune in now to hear exactly how it went, what grades I ended up with, as well as my advice for anyone starting their first semester of P.A. school. Also, hear what next semester will look like for me and how that will compare/contrast to this previous semester!
August 11, 2020
Episode 6: How to Make Money during P.A. School/10 Week Update
I officially start week 10 of P.A. school tomorrow and have another update on my progress for you guys! As promised, I share some ways that I am earning a (side) income while being a P.A. student. Can you really do such a thing in P.A. school?? Tune in and find out!
July 20, 2020
Episode 5: My Pre-P.A. Background & Story
Tune in today to hear a little bit more about me, my journey to getting in to P.A. school, and my background as a traditional turned non-traditional student. I’ll also share some advice on ways to help improve your own P.A. school application & how to improve your chances of getting accepted too!
July 05, 2020
Episode 4: Week 6 - Halfway Through the Semester
Tune in to hear how my last two exams went and how I’m doing now that I’m officially halfway through my first semester of P.A. school! I’ll also share some more practical P.A. school tips/advice with you guys in this episode as well.
June 22, 2020
Episode 3: My First P.A. School Exam
In today’s episode I take you along with me as I begin week four of P.A. school. With my first exam under my belt, I provide you all with some practical tips about passing your first P.A. school exams and how to stay balanced between school, exams, and having a personal life. Did I end up passing my exam? Did I totally drop the ball and bomb it? Find out in today’s episode!
June 09, 2020
Episode 2: The First Week
Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be in P.A. school? Find out from me and my firsthand experiences during my journey through P.A. school! In today’s episode I discuss how my first week of school went, along with some tips for those currently in school or one day starting P.A. school.
May 24, 2020
Episode 1: Orientation Week
Join me as I discuss my thoughts on orientation week of P.A. school. Hear my firsthand account of what it’s really like to go though an entirely ONLINE (thanks COVID) P.A. school orientation week. Specifically, I’ll be discussing what I consider the pros and cons of orientation week online as well as a preview of what’s to come later on in the podcast!
May 13, 2020