End of Rotation exams are written by the PAEA (physician assistant education association) for PA students to take around the country. There are 7 topics/7 exams that are offered: Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Women's Health, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, and Psychiatry. The school I attend has clinical year students take the tests at the end of each 3 rotation "block". For example, we rotate through General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, and a surgery elective, then sit for our General Surgery and Emergency Medicine end of rotation examination on the same day. We are allotted 2 hours for each 120 question EOR exam.
Since I have a 3 rotation block schedule, here is how I typically study for end of rotation exams.
Month 1: Print out the "topic list" that can be found on the PAEA website. This is the BEST way to help guide your studying. Here's an example of what it looks like:
Keep in mind, that's only one body system of usually 10-12 that are covered! Some people also take a chance to look at the "blueprint" of the exam you are going to be taking. The blueprint is a percentage breakdown of the areas that will be covered under each body system. Here's a look at that:
Once I have these things printed out, I go through the topics that are least familiar to me and place a star by them for me to return to at a later date. Also during the first week of each month, I try to really focus in on my current rotation and study what I need to know in order to feel fully competent throughout my time there.
Month 2: On my second rotation of the block, I start by studying hard that first week for the current specialty as usual, then I begin to look at the topics listed on the PAEA topic list with Pance Prep Pearls.
Month 3: Here begins my grind time! During my third rotation of my block, I write out the pathology, etiology, clinical presentation, physical exam, diagnostics, and treatment for every single topic listed. Throughout the intermittent hand cramping, I know that writing things out is the best way for me to learn and retain so ya girl has to do what she has to do, and she starts early! After writing everything out, I review 2-3 times in entirety and challenge my knowledge with Rosh Review and Smarty Pance questions!
End of Rotation exams can be intimidating because they are supposed to mimic our board exam, but all we can do is prepare to the best of our ability and be confident in what we've done! Let me know if I can answer any more questions!