Medical Term of the Day: Ambulatory

Ambulatory means able to walk or move around. For example, if a patient was seen in the Emergency Department after a car accident and the person was able to walk after immediatley after the crash, we might say, “The patient was ambulatory at the scene.”

You could also use this to describe friends that are hungover: “Dave is not very ambulatory this morning.”

Requirements for Medical School

Each medical school has it’s own set of requirements that each applicant to their school must meet. Every school requires an MCAT score and minimum course requirements that are outlined below. Volunteer experience, physician shadowing, relevant work experience etc will all depend on the school you are applying to.

Most medical schools require a basic course load that is very similar. Here are the main undergraduate courses that nearly every medical school will need in order to accept your application.

Biology
-1 year of general Biology with labs
-Anatomy and Physiology
-Other upper division Biology courses such as Genetics and Biochemistry

Chemistry
-1 year of general Chemistry with labs
-1 year of Organic Chemistry with labs

Physics
-1 year of Physics with labs

Math
-At least 1 term of Calculus or Statistics

English

-Usually 1 year of English courses

Obviously the requirements vary quite a bit. Some school may require a whole year of English, while others may not require any at all. Math is another highly variable subject, some would like a whole year of Statistics or Calculus. Some schools may also like courses such as Cell Biology or Molecular Biology. If you have a school that you would really like to go to, be sure to check their pre reqs early on in your pre med journey. You don’t want to start applying to that school and realize that they had one obscure class that they want all their applicants to take. Do your research!

Do you have any questions about what is necessary to apply to medical school?

Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Colorado

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There are two Physician Assistant programs in Colorado. One is at Red Rocks Community College near Denver and the other is at University of Colorado Denver which is also, you guessed it, in the Denver Area.

Click the links below to find out more information about these PA programs in Colorado.

Red Rocks Community College Physician Assistant Program

University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center Physician Assistant Program

Apply to these Physician Assistant program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Good luck!

What is an ER Scribe?

As I mention in the about page, I have the privilege of being an ER Scribe. However, many people are unfamiliar with what an ER Scribe does. Here is a brief overview:

An ER Scribe is a specialized transcriptionist that works in the Emergency Room (ER) of hospitals. Scribes follow ER doctors as they see patients and record all the charting notes for that patient’s visit. Some Scribes write notes by hand, but it is becoming more and more common for hospitals to use electronic charts, so most of the scribing involves typing and clicking. ER Scribes are in the unique position to not only work in the hospital environment, but also observe and work directly with physicians as they practice medicine.
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Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Arizona

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There are two Physician Assistant programs in Arizona. One is at Arizona School of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona and the other is at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona.

Learn about the programs here:

Arizona School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program

Midwestern University College of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Program

Apply to these Physician Assistant program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Good luck!

Physician Assistant (PA) Programs in Arkansas

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There is only one Physician Assistant program in Arkansas. It is located at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas.

Learn more about the program here:

Harding University Physician Assistant Program

Apply to the Physician Assistant program at Harding University through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Good luck!