- Will I be on call?
PA students are required to take call during certain rotations. You must return all pages within 5 minutes and report to the ER within 30 minutes. Keep this in mind when searching for a place to live. Rule of thumb is if your preceptor takes call, so will you.
- What can I expect during my rotations at TAMC?
You can expect to be mentored by highly qualified and subject-matter-expert physicians or physician assistants during your rotations.
You can expect to be mentored by Army physician assistants in your role as a future physician assistant, officer and leader.
- What is expected of me during my rotations at TAMC?
You are expected to maintain your military professionalism by arriving on time, improving you clinical skills by studying, and developing relationships with your peers, leaders and subordinates. You are expected to adhere to the army values (Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless-service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage). Based on your master’s thesis topic, you will have a mentor selected for you who will assist you and be available to evaluate your master’s presentation.
You are expected to communicate with the program coordinator in a timely manner regarding any professional or personal issues that affect your education and military service.
- I have a family; will I have time to see them?
In contrast to Phase 1 where you had a set schedule of your classes, during Phase 2, you are given your clinical rotation schedule and you are expected to wisely manage your time independently. It is imperative that you include family time during your time management. However, this time should not impede on your clinical duties and requirements as a student. We highly encourage you to spend as much time possible with your family.
- What do I need to bring with me in order to be prepared for my clinical rotations?
You will need your own stethoscope upon arrival to TAMC. We also recommend that you have at a minimum Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia and the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy. You must also have pair of shoes/clogs dedicated for use at the hospital while wearing scrubs. You will be issued lab coats. Scrubs are available in all surgical areas. Personally owned scrubs are not authorized.
- How am I graded during Phase 2?
Each course requires a minimum overall grade of 75%. Rotation grade equates to 75%, while the didactic test equates to 25% of the grade. All rotational evaluations/grades/clinical critiques will be posted online at www.MyEvaluations.com.
- Is it stressful in Phase 2?
Yes. You will experience stress during your training but you should never be suffering from stress. Stress awareness, prevention and management are the key throughout your military career and your life. Take care of yourself and each other. Be aware of the warning signs and risk factors. Seek help from local medical treatment facility (MTF), chaplain, supervisor and each other.