Presley Pearson Presley Pearson, PA-S

“I pledge to perform the following duties with honesty and dedication:”

It was the last Friday of class before clinical rotations started. Donned in our short white coats, my classmates and I stood and repeated the PA Professional Oath that marked our transition to clinical year. And what a year it has been! Every exam, anatomy lab, small group session, volunteer event, and lecture we attended has prepared us for seeing patients in a clinical setting. 

“I will actively seek to expand my knowledge and skills, keeping abreast of advances in medicine.” 

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Aaron Sermons Aaron Sermons, PA-S

As I walked into the main classroom at the Duke Physician Assistant Program, I was excited to see all of my classmates fresh off the second-to-last rotation of the clinical year. At the same time, I also was trying to focus on the Pediatric End of Rotation Exam that I was about to take.  

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Lindsay Cook Lindsay Cook, PA-S

It is difficult for me to believe, but after just 10 short months, my first year of PA school is almost over.

With little more than a week left, I have found myself reflecting more and more on how much I have learned since last August. The medical knowledge I have gained is invaluable to me and has helped me form a strong base on which to build my skills during upcoming clinical rotations.

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Eddie Kim Eddie Kim, PA-S

We’re almost there! Three months away from becoming fully certified, licensed physician assistants. Time to kick back and cruise through the rest of the year, right? Nope.

These last few months are some of the most critical for the class. For starters, this is prime season for applying to jobs, which translates to constantly sending out resumes. Add studying for the upcoming board (PANCE) exam to our existing clinical rotation duties and there isn’t much time to fully relax.

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Casey Herdson Casey Herdson, PA-S

It’s hard to believe that three years ago I was filling out my CASPA application and writing my essays for PA school admissions. Two years ago, I was thrilled to be going to PA school and was navigating student loan applications, required textbooks, and vaccination requirements. And just one year ago, I was in school all week, studying all day on the weekends and wondering how I was going to remember everything when I was seeing my own patients.

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