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Why are our students so focused on getting an A?

Recently, I came across an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education that caught my attention and got me thinking. I don't know about you, but over the more recent years, I have found students so focused on needing to get an A, as if it defines them as a student, a person, and a future PA....

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Ten Tips for Making a Great PowerPoint Presentation

One thing that seems to be automatically assumed is that everyone knows how to use PowerPoint effectively. It certainly seems simple enough. But the truth is there are definitely some basic tips and pointers you should know to help you and to help you provide your guest lecturers. I am sure you...

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Six Ways to Reduce Student Complaints

Navigating student complaints can be uncomfortable and challenging at times. Emotions can run high, and it can be stressful. In my experience, the complaints are often due to misunderstandings, miscommunications, or mismatching of expectations. Early in my PA teaching days, I made a comment to a...

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Helping Students Study Better โ€“ Part II

In part 1 of this two part series, we looked at the challenges many of us in education are having with trying to help our students learn and study more effectively. The article presented the research about what we know about how students study, those study strategies and approaches that have been...

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What does it mean to be inclusive?

In the current environment, there have been challenging conflicts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and increasing movements toward banning it. Three states have already passed bills banning or limiting DEI in higher education institutions, and another eight have laws in place...

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Common Mistakes to Watch for with Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple choice questions (MCQ) are the mainstay for assessing higher cognitive thinking and are commonly used in medical profession programs, certification, and board exams (NBME, 2021). Writing good multiple-choice questions (MCQ) takes time and practice. It is a knowledge base and skill all...

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Profession Name Change

I recently read an article confirming some of my thoughts about changing our profession's name. I don't usually write opinion pieces, and I am unsure if this will qualify as one, but I want to share my thoughts about it.   

The debate about our name has been an on again - off again...

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Does our classroom physical space impact learning?

Have you ever walked into a classroom and felt uncomfortable? Was it because it was dimly lit? Was it a mess with desks, chairs, and all types of items strewn around the room? Did it look as if the board had not been cleaned in weeks? Were there no windows? Were the lights buzzing? Did it smell...

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Did you include self-care strategies in your New Yearโ€™s resolutions?

With the start of a New Year and new semester or quarter, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the importance of self-care. I suspect many of you have your New Year’s resolutions and plans determined, and hopefully, they include ways of honoring and taking care of you. Burnout is...

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Navigating Challenging Student Behaviors

I don't know about you, but it seems to me that student conduct has become more challenging over the past decade. Certainly, the pandemic seems to have contributed to it, along with the undeniable evidence of how anxious and stressed students are these days. According to Jody Greene, associate...

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