If you had to describe PA student life in a word, a good word is “busy.” Students have different experiences during their adjustment to life as a PA student. If you performed well in a rigorous undergraduate curriculum, you should be well-positioned to get off to a good start in your professional education.
The small size of our program and the intense nature of our curriculum ensure that students and faculty get to know each other very quickly. Our philosophy is that the delivery of healthcare is a team endeavor. Our goal for each class is to develop an atmosphere of cooperation, mutual respect, and life-long learning. Every student brings unique talents, skills and perspectives to our program and we challenge each student to determine how they can help to advance the experience of their class.
Strong preparation in the basic sciences is an essential component of PA education – the didactic portion of the curriculum is not for the faint of heart. Success requires good time management, organizational skills, and perhaps most of all, determination. While students are studying the basic sciences, a great deal of time is also devoted to the fundamental skill required of a PA: excellence in performing a thorough history and physical examination. Before the first semester is over, students have already performed “H&Ps” on patients in a clinical environment.
The schedule can be irregular at times, but in general classes are between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.. Many students choose to arrive on campus early or stay late for individual or group study. Many students also live together which affords additional opportunities for group work.
Students rotate through a wide variety of settings to gain a broad exposure to the practice of medicine. The schedule during clinical rotations is established in cooperation with the clinical site and varies widely. Some outpatient settings may have hours of 9:00AM to 5:00PM while on your surgery rotation you might not see the sun for days on end. Core rotations are followed by a comprehensive examination to ensure that you have mastered the fundamental principles of each specialty.
Most students find clinical rotations to be a remarkable and rewarding experience. No matter where you intend to work or what specialty you intend to practice the broad training you receive as a PA student will help to ensure you become a competent, flexible and well-rounded clinician.
The Walsh Library is an excellent resource for students both as quiet place to study and as an access point for medical journals. Study rooms are available for group work and reference librarians are happy to assist with research. The library maintains an extensive subscription list to electronic medical journals which can be accessed on campus or from home.
Richie Regan Recreation Center
While you are learning to care for others, it is important to keep an eye on your own health. Fortunately, the Richie Regan Recreation Center provides a good opportunity to improve your fitness. The center features cardiovascular and strength training equipment, free weights, and Olympic sized pool, and a fieldhouse with a 200 meter track and four basketball courts.
For those rare moments that PA students are not studying, Seton Hall’s location provides an opportunity for great experiences. Whether you prefer a quiet walk in South Mountain Reservation or an evening out in Hoboken or Manhattan, the New York metro area has something to offer everyone. The trip from South Orange train station provides to midtown Manhattan takes around 35 minutes. Heading west, you are a within a two-hour drive of opportunities for hiking, camping, skiing, rock climbing and white water rafting. Philadelphia is approximately 90 minutes away by car and Boston and Washington D.C. are both about 5 hours away.
The Physician Assistant Student Society of Seton Hall University (PASSSHU) is the official student organization for PA students at Seton Hall. Among other activities, PASSSHU promotes fellowship and service to the community. PASSSHU also provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in leadership to develop their skills. PASSSHU elects officers as well as representatives to the state (NJSSPA) and national (SAAPA) associations. The organization is student-run and has organized a wide variety of fundraisers, service activities and social events.
PASSSHU Mission Statement
Our Mission as the Physician Assistant Student Society of Seton Hall University is to promote the personal and professional development of physician assistant students as they prepare to face the many challenges of the profession. The student society shall strive to develop integrity, equality, dignity, and competence among all members.
Through academic achievement, clinical excellence, and community involvement, the student society shall serve as an exemplary advocate of the physician assistant profession. The society shall promote the profession as an integral part of the medical community, focusing on patient care, education and advocacy.