PA Rap Parody- Ice Ice Baby & Baby Got Back!

Presenting the Campbell PA Class of 2016’s Rap Video. We wanted to throwback to some rap classics with Ice Ice Baby and Baby Got Back. Who knew PA students had so many other talents? And to think, this video makes it look like we have free time!

Here’s to the Class of 2016, onward and upward.

One Week Until the End of Didactic Year


In case anyone has ever wondered what it’s like to be one week away from being finished with didactic year, we thought that this photo might help paint a picture for you.

We have a two week break before we return to campus. We then will have one week of Clinical year orientation before we are off to our respective rotation sites. We will spend 5 weeks at each site, and return to Campbell after each 5 weeks to take an End of Rotation Exam (*note, the next class’s rotations will be 4 weeks due to the change to a 24 month curriculum).

It will be a strange feeling to be away from the classroom that has been our home every day for the past year. However, it’s time to pass the torch to the incoming class. Buckle up and enjoy the ride class of 2017!

Early Clinical Experiences

Early Clinical Experiences; It’s about to get real folks….

T minus two months, give or take. I repeat, only about 8 weeks until we enter the big leagues. {insert dramatic pause, here}. I know you’re probably on the edge of your seat asking … “What the heck are you talking about?”… The anticipation is killing you {and me!}.

74 days
1796 hours
107783 minutes
6466996 seconds

Rewind…. Let me start from the beginning.

Hello there! My name is Lindsey and I am a first year PA student at Campbell University down here in “the Creek” AKA Buies Creek. Through hell or high water I have nearly survived didactic year, hallelujah! After many a late study sessions, countless coffees, and the prolonged accumulation of at least 2 oak trees worth of notes, didactic year is coming to a close, and this girl is getting ready to step up to the plate & enter the majors, also known as clinical rotations.

In preparation for clinical rotations {T- 74 days}, this summer we have been doing what we call “Early Clinical Experiences”. Each week, we pair with a student in our class and go get our hands dirty (with gloves on of course!) and apply what we have learned in the classroom to the “real world”. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons primarily, and the occasional evening/ weekend shift, we go to sites around the area and work with designated providers in a variety of different settings and specialties. These weekly encounters are meant to give us a glimpse into what life will be like next year, and hone our documentation, presentation, and clinical skills.

Throughout my five weeks of experiences thus far, I have worked with a great variety of practice specialties, patient populations, and provider personalities, allowing me {and my classmates} to see textbook- worthy clinical descriptions come to life….And while my current clinical skills aren’t always displays of perfection, it has allowed for identification of weaknesses {e.g. those darn antibiotics!}, and a friendly nudge to review specific topics {reference said 2 oak trees of notes}.

They said on our first day that time flies when you’re having fun and while sleepless nights and stressful tests aren’t always fun & games, time has totally flown by and I am AMAZED by how much knowledge has been smushed in this little brain of mine. Now just to remember it all. As they say, “Bless our Hearts” & wish us luck!

Stay tuned for more updates about the CUPA class of 2016’s exciting adventures ahead!

In good health & high spirits,

Lindsey Schwartz, PA- S1

Ten PA School Study Tips

It’s a rainy Monday morning here at the Campbell PA program. We are ready to kick off yet another week of school and wanted to share some advice! If there’s one thing we know how to do it’s STUDY (and we also have a lot of fun of course). Check out these first year students and their study tips for surviving PA school!


Lauren: Color code your notes! It makes studying fun….sorta! ;)

2Buddy: Set a timer, 15 minutes of studying then take a 15 minute break

3John: It’s not unmanly to cry

4Sarah: Jam out to your favorite song

5Jessica and Robin: Don’t spend the lecture on G-Chat….no, but seriously.  Pay attention now so you can have free weekends!

6Sam: Take time to do something you enjoy

7Exercise! As Mrs. Johnson would say… don’t get sitting disease!

1Sara: Be flexible and willing to try new study methods. You will be studying a lot …sometimes changing things up can be beneficial and help keep you on track!

2Kelsey: Don’t study in bed, or lying down at all

3Lindsey: Pack a (healthy) lunch.. or else you will be surviving on cookies!

Ready Set Scrub!

It was a long and relaxing month of Christmas break for the first year PA students!  We spent time with friends and family, traveled, celebrated the holidays, and took a much needed vacation from the books. We started back a week ago, and as usual we dove straight into the deep end! Our class is busy studying hard, planning events, fundraising, and preparing our quiz bowl team for the AAPA conference in San Francisco. (More to come later on quiz bowl!)

This semester we began our Surgery course. Although we may not all end up working in the Surgery field, we will all be doing a surgery clinical rotation. This means that we need to at least LOOK like we know what we are doing in the operating room (kidding, we always know what we are doing, right?).  Our surgery adventure starts with learning surgical scrubbing, gowning, and gloving. Personally, I did not know that putting on a gown and gloves could be so complicated and performed so meticulously. Not to mention scrubbing my right hand with my left hand, oy! Oh and you have to do all of these things while keeping your arms and hands up in the air (I’m skipping the gym tonight because that totally counted). As always, we had a blast.

Check out the pictures below of our class during surgical scrubbing, gowning, and gloving today!


Mr. Pineiro and Mr. Fenn teaching students proper scrubbing technique



Mrs. Tim and Mrs. Gerstner teaching us how to gown and glove





Make sure to check back in to follow us throughout the semester!

Laura Martin, PAS-1, Campbell PA class of 2016

Happy Holidays and See you in 2015!

What an incredible fall semester it has been for the Campbell PA class of 2016! Our whirlwind first semester was filled to the brim with tons of medical knowledge, multitudes of exams (37 to be exact), and endless laughter and good times. During this holiday season, we want to wish everyone Happy Holidays, a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year. Here’s a glimpse into the Holiday season at the Campbell PA program.

Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences was overflowing with Christmas spirit. Garlands were everywhere (and I mean everywhere, good luck walking down those stairs in heels when the railing is that prickly) and we loved the Christmas tree in the lobby.

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The holiday cheer and Christmas spirit helped us get through the last hurdle of the semester- final exams. The class of 2016 was quite a sight to see on the day of the LAST EXAM. The exam room is usually a quiet zone before exam time, but this was not the case. There was chatter, celebration, and there were TONS of holiday treats (and coffee, duh) being consumed from a spread atop our classroom’s physical exam table. The end of this test marked the end of our first semester, and you could actually hear squeals of joy from outside when students ran out to do cartwheels.

Check out those tacky Christmas sweaters!

Check out those Christmas sweaters!

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Tacky Christmas sweaters and huge smiles- We’re done!

The Holidays at Campbell aren’t just about exams and Christmas sweaters. The Campbell PA program highly values giving back to the community. This Christmas the PA program (students, faculty, and staff) reached out to support a local family.

We had so much fun shopping for some kiddos!

We had so much fun shopping for some kiddos!

Our class also participated in Operation Christmas Child! We donated goods, raised money for shipping, and packed boxes.


Packing boxes for Operation Christmas Child


Campbell PA Operation Christmas Child volunteers!

Before we all went our separate ways for the season, we served as marshals at the graduating PA class of 2014’s Long White Coat Ceremony and graduation. We are so proud of them and we look up to them in all that we do- Congratulations. It’s hard to believe that we will be in their place in two short years, but we still have a long way to go and a lot to learn. Have a blessed Holiday season and we will see you in 2015!

-Laura Martin, PAS-1, Campbell PA Class of 2016

A Rock and a Hard Place

Not only do we, as future providers, need to know how to diagnose and treat patients, but we also have a responsibility to prevent disease whenever we can. Certainly we can provide counseling in our offices for patients to encourage them to stop smoking, lose weight, exercise more, drink more water, eat more vegetables, eat less fat, eat more of the right fat, reduce sodium, drink alcohol, don’t drink alcohol, get screened for cancer, buy a dog, engage in leisure activities to reduce stress…this list is endless. Almost all disease prevention requires effort from the patient. As we have learned, and almost anyone can see if they consider the generally poor health of their neighbors, people prefer pills, not plans to make themselves healthy. The incidence of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer are on the rise. More shockingly, in 2014 when we have the technology and knowhow to video chat with friends on all corners of the globe from a hand held device, the incidence of infectious disease is on the rise.

In the last year, news of the spread of Ebola has caught the attention of the world. That attention brought support and aid which have been effective at reducing the rate of spread and the distance to which the disease has spread. People came together to work toward a common goal: to reduce the morbidity and mortality of a disease. Unfortunately the Ebola Virus is not the only infectious disease that is getting global attention. Here, in the wonderful United States of America, diseases that were almost non-existent are beginning to reemerge in children and affect the function of schools and communities which not only inhibits learning but can have potentially fatal consequences in persons with weak immune systems. Many parents are blatantly disregarding the importance of vaccinating their children against diseases. A growing number of educated affluent whites are taking a dangerous stance against this preventative option, not on the basis of religious objections, but because some past-their-prime former model made claims that a vaccine was responsible for her child’s unfortunate Autism.

Since that claim “studies” have been published claiming that they have found links between vaccines and any number of morbid medical conditions. What about all of the epidemiological data that exists which shows beyond a doubt that vaccines do not cause harm, and in fact have improved the health of billions of people here in the US let alone globally? Decades of monitoring, studies, studies of studies, meta analyses, and billions of humans can all attest to the fact that vaccines have improved public health and reduced the burden of sick individuals on their families and the healthcare systems. And let me be clear on this fact: none of the so called studies that have tried to connect vaccine use with a negative outcome have followed scientific protocols or procedures, and with that poorly gathered data impossible speculations have been made to try and give the vaccines a bad reputation. Many of the “connections” are strictly coincidental. They are as coincidental as my bicycle crash this morning and the turkey dinner I had two weeks ago. And, for the record, all of the “research” that people were using to support the movement against vaccines have been unanimously discredited.

So where does this leave us as future practitioners? Between a rock and a hard place.

How do we dispel these rumors and encourage our patients to utilize vaccines? We are likely to be accused of being in cahoots with the drug companies, or trying to make our practice more money. How can we prove to our average family that the vaccine works? Their children simply don’t get sick, but do they know they were exposed and that the antibodies the vaccine helped them create were effective at destroying a pathogen before it created a disease state?

This is a delicate conundrum which will test our ability to communicate, our resolve, our respect and reverence, and force us to flirt with that fine line between educating and coercing. I personally believe that this challenges our very foundation of primum non nocere. By failing to encourage vaccination we may be putting others in harm’s way. There is no easy answer but we will all be faced with the difficult task of educating people about the true benefits and risks of vaccination. Working with our patients to encourage participation in vaccination programs is as important as counseling them on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices as adults. Perhaps vaccination is itself a lifestyle choice.

And you thought getting into PA school was the hard part…

Sam Elzay PAS-1, Campbell PA Class of 2016

A Day in the Life of a PA student at Campbell University

Processed with RookieRobin Johnson, PAS-1

7: 55 My alarm gives me a near Myocardial Infarction.


I snooze to 8:00 and think Why don’t I just set my alarm for 8:00?

I sprint to make coffee!!!! Wait, I forgot to buy coffee filters? What was I thinking?! Oh yeah, I was thinking about heart failure drugs and how I really should have started studying those two years ago. Crap.

8:15 I throw on a dress and find matching shoes. Jewelry? Not today. Not without my coffee.

8:30 Unlocking the car door, I remember that I haven’t brushed my hair yet, good thing I’m early due to skipping coffee. I run inside, wave to the confused dog, and brush my hair. Okay, that’s better!

8:45 I set up my computer and smell all my classmate’s scrumptious cups of coffee. Hmph, I have 15 minutes to go downstairs and grab some.


8:55 Mrs. Johnson comes in with announcements and reminds us that “Patients come first!” Meanwhile, my coffee tastes divine.

9:00 I start three hours of History and Physical. I am determined to take better notes than last week! No more playing with the highlighter feature in One Note. Okay maybe just one ginormous star, but that’s it.

9:15 Hand cramp!

9:50 All the girls sprint to the bathroom. It’s really quite entertaining to see.

10:00 Back to History and Physical after sufficiently stretching out my “thenar and hypothenar.” Don’t worry I didn’t know what it was either until PA school.

10:30 Time to practice on each other down in the OMM lab. I don’t know how many more labs I can pretend to know what I’m doing, I think they’re on to me.

12:00 Lunch time! I run home and warm up some soup. I really should study during my lunch hourtomorrow definitely!

13:00 Look at me, I’m on time. Physiology means Dr. Hall will play the pancreas song. Never gets old. Is it weird to sing along? I better not. Back to my ferocious typing escapade.

13:13 HAND CRAMP, whoa that was a bad one.

13:50 There is another mad dash to the bathroom. HA, I moved up three spots in the line-up from this morning, I should’ve run track.

14:00 Dr. Hall always asks us if we have any more classes after this, and we always say yes. So she has pity on us and shows us some “Hello Kidney” cartoons. That darn kidney is too cute.


15:00 One hour of genetics stands between me and…. studying all night. Our poor genetics teacher gets us at the end of every Monday and I’m sure we look like this.


16:00 Welppp I better go home and make some Ramen Noodle and study for this week’s two exams!

17:00 I take a bite of my noodles while opening up today’s lecture notes. I should really learn to cook.

17:15 I stumble upon 6 ginormous highlighter stars, man I don’t even remember doing all those. I go to make coffee for this study session, CRAP I still don’t have coffee filters. I study for several more hours before having an epic debate whether to go run or not. I look at my #tbt post from before PA school started and decide I definitely need to go run.

22:00 One more hour of intense studying and then I’m off to bed. Should I change my alarm to 8:00? No, I need that 5 extra minutes to brush my hair. 

I fall asleep feeling so grateful that the reason I’m so tired is because I’m working towards the career of my dreams. I feel very blessed to call Campbell PA home and to get to do it all over again tomorrow. Mental note: must buy coffee filters.


Campbell PA Class of 2016

Are we overreacting to the Ebola Virus? A PAS-1 Perspective

As I was getting ready to take my daughter in for her annual check-up, I received two phone calls from the pediatrician asking if we had traveled out of the country in the last thirty days. Once we arrived at the office, I was again asked the same question. Although awareness of the danger of Ebola is present, it is not surprising that the CDC and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital failed to communicate and control the spread of Ebola from a patient who contracted the deadly disease overseas.

We should be worried about the Ebola virus, especially when it is fatal in 50-90% of cases with no approved vaccine or cure, but we must not overreact. It is important to watch for symptoms such as fever, fatigue, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches, followed by vomiting, diarrhea and a rash. It can sometimes take up to 21 days for symptoms to develop, and patients are not contagious until they develop symptoms. The first patient in Texas Thomas Duncan who contracted the Ebola virus overseas sought medical help, but unfortunately he was sent home. Presently, we have two nurses who contracted the virus while taking care of Thomas Duncan. Although we don’t know the details of the breach of protocol that allowed the transmission of the virus between the patient and the nurses, we must be cautious in drawing any conclusions. It is unclear at this point whether anyone else was infected while one of the nurses traveled on a commercial flight.

It is truly sad that the virus has spread, but we must learn from the mistakes that were made. We should increase airport screenings of people traveling into the country from West Africa. We should also communicate and track the current cases across various federal and state agencies. One should take individual responsibility and stay home when one is sick. I believe that we can control the spread of the Ebola Virus, but we must work together rather than criticize each other. Our hearts and prayers are with the health care providers that contracted the virus while taking care of the Ebola Virus patients here and overseas.

Reham Ghali, PAS-1

Campbell PA Class of 2016

No looking back!

The Campbell University Physician Assistant Class of 2015 concluded their didactic year at the end of July and officially started Clinical Rotations August 18th, 2014! It’s been so amazing to transition from a full year of didactic learning to clinical education! Our classmates are spread all around North Carolina for our clinical rotations including Buies Creek, Greensboro, Wilmington, Triangle Area [Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill], Charlotte……………………….and even California!!!!! We have already had our first call back day and enjoyed seeing each other and swapping “first clinical rotation” stories.

Though the Class of 2016 now occupies our 44 seats in the Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences, we couldn’t leave without showing the world what CUPA2015 is all about! This medical parody was created, edited and directed by our classmates and produced by Aaron Gauger. It really sums up our year as PA Students! It includes all the members of our class and faculty. Watch and enjoy!

“Campbell’s in the building, our hands are in the ceiling…We know we’re ’bout to kill it. How we know? We got that feeling!”

The Class of 2015 is off to an amazing 2nd year. No looking back now!

Suzzette Van-Lare, PA-S2
MPAP Candidate, Class of 2015


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