First-Year Physician Assistant Student: Caroline McCleary
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First-Year Physician Assistant Student: Caroline McCleary

Caroline and fellow PA students in their white coatsHi, my name is Caroline McCleary and I am a first-year Physician Assistant Studies student at Salus University. This is what my typical day looks like:

Yesterday, I woke up and got ready for the day from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. I live a little farther away from Salus, so my commute is around a half hour to get to campus. 

I arrived on campus at 7:30 a.m. and from then until 9 a.m. I studied for my physiology and pathophysiology II exam on nephrology. The hour and a half was a nice way to prepare myself for the exam and the day ahead. 

I took my exam from 9 to 10:30 a.m. After the exam, we started our pharmacology lecture which covered anti-depressants and anti-anxiolytics. We went over the mechanism of action for different drugs, how to prescribe them, side effects, when to avoid prescribing them, who benefits the most from different drugs, etc. 

We had our lunch break from 12:30-1:30 p.m. My friends and I enjoy sitting at the high-top tables in the Learning Resource Center (LRC). We like to study during lunch, or we’ll go over to the Hafter Student Community Center and walk around the track. 

Because we have our pre-clinical experiences this semester, on Mondays we typically contact the site we will be going to on Wednesday. Today, I called Jean’s Hospital’s Respiratory Center, to confirm with them that I will be shadowing this week.

I had a clinical medicine lecture from 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. We were doing clinical medicine with nephrology. This lecture was taught by Caroline Slattery, MMS ‘19, a Salus alum and adjunct professor. 

I got out a little of class a little earlier than usual, so I had time to go home early and study more. Once I got home I made myself dinner, spent some time studying, and wrapped up my day!

Caroline and friends selfie

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