“Military veterans have valuable health care and life experiences. They are mature and motivated individuals who exhibit leadership skills and professionalism, and they add diversity and richness to the class body.”

— Edward Michaud, PhD, et al

Veterans are the foundation and backbone of the physician assistant profession. Duke University recognized early on that military veterans possess invaluable personal and professional skills, as well as traits that translate well to civilian careers in medicine. This is why Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD, recruited former Navy corpsmen to comprise the first class of PA students at Duke.

Stead recognized the incredible hands-on field training received by these combat veterans, and the difficulty often experienced translating these skills into a viable civilian career. To this day, the Duke PA program remains committed to serving our veteran population, and recognizing the incredible sacrifice made by those who serve. 

Thank you for your service.

Featured Student Veteran

2017 graduate Christopher Beach offers a glimpse into his military service as a U.S. Navy SEAL and why he chose to later pursue becoming a PA.

Read His Story

News and Updates

We are currently recruiting Duke veteran alumni from all over the country to serve as mentors for incoming and current student veterans. This program will lay the framework for other programs around the country to use to better serve our student veterans. If you are interested, please email michael.steigerwald@duke.edu for more information.