Thursday, September 6, 2012

Positive Predictive Value: the "Truth" of PA School

The positive predictive value (A/A+B)
for me liking PA school is currently at 98%.

So here is a simple chart that we learned on our first day in Pathophysiology class that shows positive and negative predictive values given a % prevalence of a disease relative to the sensitivity and specificity of a test or assay.

So here's my question:

WHY after so many years of being in clinical lab medicine and teaching clinical lab medicine (and being Program Director at two different colleges!) have I never encountered this chart!?!  Interesting....

I find it very interesting and enlightening to re-learn clinical lab science from the other side of the coin, so to speak.  I am learning it now from the ordering side as opposed to the performing or testing side.  It is a very different perspective.  Most informative.  It really makes me see the BIG PICTURE in a way that I did not previously.  Good stuff.

Physician Assistant School

I am only at day three here, so...bear in mind that this COULD (and probably will) change.  I accept that.....maybe.
I still think we (saying my class as a whole) are off to a good start.

So here's to a good start!

  • Classes
  • Students
  • Professors
  • Material
  • My schedule


  • Parking shortage

'Nough said.  Back to organizing and studying.

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