PA school – rotation tips, EOR exams, study resources, study guides

I am elated to say that I have so far passed all of my EOR exams and rotations. So this will be a budding post about the resources I’ve found helpful and tips for rotations. I’m also posting the study guides that I make along the way. Hopefully they’re helpful!! Be warned the formatting will be atrocious and there will be typos a plenty, but most of the pertinent information should be there, enough to pass the EOR at least! 

Tips for rotations

  • say yes to anything and everything, even if you don’t have a flying CLUE what you’re doing. Of course, it goes without being said don’t do anything that is beyond your skill set, but get uncomfortable. don’t live in your comfort zone. go see a patient before your preceptor, pre-round before your preceptor, take on a challenging case and research it when you get home. be eager, be gracious, be kind, be curious.
  • get there before your preceptor
  • buy compression stockings for surgery rotations 
  • if there’s something you’d like to do, just ask! I had the opportunity to shadow the lactation consultant at my OB/GYN rotation. I asked, and bam! They made it happen. And it was such an amazing experience that I wouldn’t have learned otherwise.
  • always keep a bar or snack of sorts in your pocket. there were days where I’d get to my clinic site and go straight to pre-rounds and then right down to the pre-op room from there. And then right to surgery. I personally do not do well when I don’t eat and I’m in a claustrophobic mask for 4+ hours. A quick bite before made all the difference. 
  • if you get tired, or get there early walk some stairs – helps wake you up / energize you!
  • Ask everyone’s name on your first day!!! And write it down, commit it to memory. One of the students in the class above us recommended this. Seems so simple but it’s nice to come in on your second day and have someone know your name! 
  • Write hand written thank you notes to preceptors at the end of the rotation. And if you can, bring in a little something special on your last day. It takes so much time and energy for them to take you under their wing, and it’s good to return the love with some snacks!!!

Studying for EOR exams: 

Study guides: 

OBGYN-study-guide-1: (beware – this is ~50 pages long. resources used: Blueprints Obstetrics & Gynecology textbook, Rosh Review questions, Pance Prep Pearls, old lecture material)

Psychiatry-Study-Guide- (resources used: PANCE Prep Pearls, A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants, old lecture material, Rosh Review questions)

family-med-EOR-study-guide-1 (resources used: PANCE Prep Pearls, A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants, old lecture material, Rosh Review questions)

Internal-Medicine-EOR-Study-Guide   (resources used: PANCE Prep Pearls, A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants, old lecture material, Rosh Review questions)

Emergency-Medicine-End-of-Rotation-Exam-1(resources used: PANCE Prep Pearls, A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants, old lecture material, Rosh Review questions)

SURGERY EOR study guide (resources used: PANCE Prep Pearls, A Comprehensive Review for the Certification and Recertification Examination for Physician Assistants, old lecture material, Rosh Review questions)

Pediatrics EOR Outline thank you so much to Emily Bray for creating this study guide. She so graciously made it and sent it to me so we can all benefit!

 

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24 Responses

  1. Hi Katie!

    Thanks for posting this! Did you by chance make a Surgery study guide? I just took my Internal Med EOR and your study guide was a HUGE help. Love following along on your blog 🙂

    1. I didn’t, so sorry! But hopefully taking from the previous ones (emergency med, internal med) most of it is done for you! The blueprints tend to overlap quite a bit.

  2. Thank you so much for your study guides- I was looking for a PDF to follow along as I go through Smarty Pance review, and this is perfect. Bless you!!!

  3. My IM EOR is coming up and I just finished dissecting your review after 1 read.
    My question for you is, how do you narrow it down and organize it for a more substantial and to the point study guide for before the exam? I have two weeks left and want to make sure I am grasping everything correctly. Right now my brain is a big mush that needs to be separated lol.
    Thank you, looking forward to hearing from you!

    1. The exams are comprehensive and there’s just so much on there so I didn’t condense the study guides. And because everyone condenses in different ways! I would go through and read the study guides and then have a piece of paper next to them just jotting down the bare bones: disease, symptoms, first step testing, gold standard testing, and gold standard treatment. Especially for the diagnoses with similar symptoms. I would also just do a BUNCH of rosh review that helped too. Repetition helped most! Just reading and re-reading until the exam.

    1. I’m so glad! In lieu of payment, would love if you donated to a cause you’re passionate about if it’s financially possible! Big hugs! xo, KL

  4. Hey Twist !

    This is amazing !!! Thank you soooo much ! Did you ever make a cardiology outline ? If not that’s totally fine. Do you have any study resources you would recommend ?

  5. These study guides have been such a blessing to me during my rotations!
    Thank you for sharing, you got skills!!

  6. These study guides are godsent! Like another commenter, I use these guides to follow along Smarty PANCE. I’m more of a kinesthetic learner, so I just highlight and re-write popcorn terms and other important notes as I go along, even if they’re already bolded. I sprinkle in some practice questions here and there, pretty sparsely. I try to finish this with a week or two to spare, so I can focus on practice questions/exams leading up to the EOR. This has worked great for me & maybe it will help others. Took me a couple rotations to establish this study routine.

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