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    End-of-Rotation Exams: How to Prepare

    For physician assistants in training, end-of-rotation exams are assessments or examinations given at the conclusion of clinical rotations. These exams are designed to evaluate the student's knowledge, skills, and competence in a specific medical area after completing a clinical rotation in that specialty. Let's look at some ways to prepare for these standardized evaluations.

    Understand the Exam Format

    Begin by understanding the format of the exam. This includes knowing whether it will be a written exam, oral exam, practical skills assessment, or a combination of these. Knowing the exam format will help you tailor your preparation accordingly.

    Review Rotation Materials

    Go back through your notes, textbooks, and any materials provided during your clinical rotation. Pay close attention to key concepts, diagnoses, treatment plans, and common conditions relevant to the rotation.

    Use Study Resources

    Utilize study resources such as review books, online study guides, and practice questions specific to the rotation. Med-Challenger's Physician Assistant Review course includes fifteen separate end-of-rotation topics for study. 

    Create a Study Schedule

    Plan your study schedule in advance. Allocate dedicated time each day or week to review the material. Consider breaking down your study sessions into manageable chunks to cover all relevant topics.

    Practice with Clinical Cases

    Clinical cases are often a central part of end-of-rotation exams. Practice diagnosing and managing cases related to the specialty. You can find case-based resources online, like Med-Challenger for Physician Assistants which includes assessment and case-based questions, or in textbooks.


    Review Patient Encounters

    Reflect on your patient encounters during the rotation. Consider the cases you were involved in and how you managed them. This can help reinforce your clinical reasoning skills.

    Group Study

    Collaborate with peers who are also preparing for the same rotation exam. Discuss cases, ask each other questions, and simulate clinical scenarios to enhance your understanding.

    Seek Feedback

    If possible, discuss your progress with your preceptor or supervisor during the rotation. They may provide insights on areas where you need to focus your study efforts. Med-Challenger for PAs has adaptive and prescriptive learning built in to help identify weak areas so you know exactly how to prioritize your studies.

    Practice Time Management

    For exams that have a time limit, practice managing your time effectively during practice exams or when reviewing cases. This will help you complete the exam within the allotted time.

    Stay Organized

    Keep your study materials organized and easily accessible. Organized notes and study resources can save you time and reduce stress during your preparation.

    Take Care of Yourself

    Ensure you get enough rest, eat well, and engage in physical activity. A healthy lifestyle can enhance your cognitive abilities and overall performance.


    It's important to note that the specific details of end-of-rotation exams can vary from one PA program to another. However, by taking into consideration the tips above, you can take some of the stress out of these exams.

    Med-Challenger can help you prepare for your end-of-rotation exams and more with Med-Challenger for Physician Assistants.

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