Sam's day as a PA usually starts with consultant ward rounds to discuss and understand the needs of his patients. He then moves on to help a team of junior doctors to complete all the jobs generated from the ward rounds. This may include taking blood samples, checking fluid status, re-examining patients and speaking with families. However, every day is different in the life of a Physician Associate, and Sam's day could include a variety of tasks
"Some days I help out at the outpatient clinics. I assist consultants and registrars at the Rapid Assessment Clinic for Older People (RACOP).Elderly patients are often complex with multiple conditions and require a more involved consultation which we provide at the hospital. I usually end the day with an evening board round where I go through each patient to ensure jobs and treatments have been completed."
If you come to study at Reading, you'll learn through relevant and up-to-date clinical case studies. Sam's work provides him with a variety of real scenarios for his students.
"Being able to apply real life work scenarios to my lectures really enhances my teaching. I often give my students anonymised case studies about patients I have seen at the hospital. I don't think it can get more current than that."
Sam also finds it very useful to meet his students on placements at the hospital.
"I see quite a lot of our students on placements in surgical wards and even A&E which is really good. This gives me an opportunity to point them to interesting practical case studies."