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Physician Assistant Exam: The Polys and Proximal Muscles

With rheumatologic conditions, Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) questions focus on discerning one proximal muscle condition from another. Two conditions that sound somewhat similar are polymyositis and [more…]

What You Should Know about Bone Disorders for the Physician Assistant Exam

In your practice and for the Physician Assistant Exam you’ll likely deal with the bones a lot. You should know about three big bone disorders, namely osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, and osteomyelitis. [more…]

Conditions of the Spine Covered on the Physician Assistant Exam

Back pain is one of the most common, frequent, and ordinary reasons people visit healthcare providers, so the Physician Assistant Exam will expect you to know your stuff. Many cases of back pain are self-limiting [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Shoulder Fractures

Pretty much everyone knows what it’s like to hurt the shoulder or upper arm, so it’s important to know for the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). Doing much of anything can be difficult, especially if the [more…]

Elbow, Wrist and Forearm Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), it’s important to remember the names and components of specific injuries and orthopedic conditions related to the elbow, forearm, and wrist. This is especially [more…]

Hand and Wrist Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will ask questions about conditions affecting the hand and wrist. They range from benign cysts to minor sprains to out-and-out fractures, so make yourself familiar [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Hip Conditions

Several hip-related conditions make regular appearances on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). You should be able to answer questions and know the basics regarding avascular necrosis, hip fractures, [more…]

Knee Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Clinically, many health professionals see problems with knees in the older population. The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will cover this common ailment. One of the most common causes is osteoarthritis [more…]

Ankle Injury Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Injuries to the ankle are a common reason why people go to the emergency room. The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will ask you about the common cause of these ankle injuries. Many of these injuries are [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Conditions of the Foot

You should know about several medical conditions affecting the feet that may pop up on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). Your feet are your friends — they get you where you need to go — and you should [more…]

Surgical Signs and Symptoms for the Physician Assistant Exam

Doing a thorough history and physical (H&P) is important in practice and for the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). Any medical professional should be able to pick up more than 90 percent of the information [more…]

How to Evaluate the Pre-Op Patient for the Physician Assistant Exam

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will ask questions about the pre-op patient. Suppose the surgical team has assessed the patient, and you decide that the patient needs to go to the operating room. [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: How to Care for the Post-Op Patient

The Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE) will expect you to know that when the patient gets out of the OR, your first consideration is ensuring that the patient is hemodynamically stable. Pay attention to [more…]

Gallbladder Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common types of surgery medical professionals are exposed to during their training. For the Physician Assistant Exam [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Common Intestinal Surgeries

Every medical professional should know about some common abdominal surgeries. For the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE), you will need to review evaluating and managing appendicitis, diverticulitis, hernias [more…]

Nasal Topics for the Physician Assistant Exam

As the Physician Assistant Exam will emphasize, your nose isn’t on your face just to hold piercings and keep your eyes apart. This protuberance is a vital component of the respiratory mechanism, and it [more…]

Lupus Basics for the Physician Assistant Exam

You will need to know a few things about lupus for the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or just plain lupus, is a systemic autoimmune disease that can involve multiple [more…]

Physician Assistant Exam: Scleroderma

Scleroderma, also known as progressive systemic sclerosis (PSS), an autoimmune disease that affects the connective tissues, will be covered on the Physician Assistant Exam [more…]

Sjögren’s Syndrome Information for the Physician Assistant Exam

Sjögren’s syndrome is an autoimmune condition covered on the Physician Assistant Exam (PANCE). It’s characterized by dry eyes and dry mouth or just dry mouth. Antibodies actually form against the salivary [more…]

Strategies for Answering Multiple-Choice Questions on the ACT

If you have trouble solving an ACT math question, you can apply different strategies with the given answer choices to help you determine which choice is correct. The math section of the ACT is comprised [more…]

When Should You Use a Calculator on the ACT?

A calculator is a great tool for solving ACT math problems more quickly than you can either in your head or using a pencil and scratch paper. At the same time, however, you want to avoid overusing it for [more…]

What Kinds of Calculators Are Allowed and Prohibited on the ACT?

When choosing a calculator for the ACT, remember that while some are allowed others are not. Your safest choices include basic, scientific, and graphing calculators; conversely, you need to avoid laptops [more…]

What Calculator Functions Do You Need to Know for the ACT?

If you have just purchased a calculator for the ACT, you should use it for at least one practice test so you can get the feel of where the important function keys are. For example, if you have a fancy [more…]

Coordinate Geometry Formulas You Must Know for the ACT

Some of the questions on the ACT Math test deal with coordinate geometry. When solving coordinate geometry problems, there are several useful formulas you should remember: [more…]

How to Tackle Word Problems on the ACT

A word problem (also called a story problem or a problem in a setting) gives you information in words rather than in just equations and numbers. To answer an ACT word problem, you have to translate the [more…]

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