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UW-L/Gundersen/Mayo Student Update, November 2016

Wednesday, November 16, 2016  
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By Kasmier Wawrzaszek

The month of October was quite busy for the 1st year students at UWL. Classes, volunteering, and a Halloween celebration were all in the mix. The second year students started their 6th clinical rotations--nobody can believe how fast time is flying by!

The 1st years were excited (and a bit nervous) to participate in their first clinical patient exams this month. This entailed three patient-actors who presented with differing chief complaints. The students were to perform a pertinent history and physical exam on each patient and then write up a SOAP note with a differential diagnoses to complete their patient encounter. Needless to say, the experience was challenging and nerve-wracking, but very rewarding and exciting to start getting to interact and perform like real PAs.

First years also found a weekend between their studies to clean up their “adopted” highway: a 2 mile stretch of Highway 90 between UW-L and Mayo Rochester. Among the interesting items found were an old shoe, fireworks, and a pheasant. The weather was beautiful and everyone was thankful for some time spent together outside the classroom.

The long month culminated in a Halloween party, where the funnier the costume, the better. See if you can guess two of the first year student’s costumes. Hint: infectious disease and cardiology…