By Vanessa Solomon, DO

As I enter my final year of residency, it is natural to reflect on how I have arrived at this exciting time and how far I have yet to go. I find myself giving advice to the new interns and second years about what lies ahead for them and my confidence in their abilities to do great things. This is a time when decisions are made by myself and my colleagues regarding where to go when we finish.

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By Joyce Copeland, M.D.

Dr. Everlyn Perez, first-year resident in the Duke Family Medicine Residency program, wrote a very moving essay last month about managing the grief that is part of the life of a physician. It is magnified with the very human tragedies we are witness to in the stories of our patients.

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By Everlyn Perez, M.D.

Grief can be a burden, but also an anchor. You get used to the weight, how it holds you in place. — Sarah Dessen

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By Sharon Hull, M.D., MPH

These days, there is a lot of talk about “the patient experience” in health care. Insurers are looking at this topic, and providers and clinics are being “graded” on related metrics. We even have our own “Balanced Score Card” that our division and department leadership, and the health system, are held accountable for. You can find the survey and its results for Duke Health overall at this website.

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Graduating residents Graduating residents Tiffany Cagle, Farhad Modarai, Josh Lancaster and Nikki Henry.

By Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP

On June 3, the Duke Family Medicine Residency family will gather to celebrate the class of 2016. Tiffany Cagle, M.D.; Nikki Henry, M.D.; Joshua Lancaster, M.D.; and Farhad Modarai, DO, will be graduating, and what an amazing three years it has been with them.

Our graduates are impressive people and caring doctors with diverse interests and choices in life. Yet there is a common thread among all of them: a deep interest in caring for those in most need.

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