Alexa Mieses, M.D., MPH Alexa Mieses, M.D., MPH

While in the emergency department a man was brought in by ambulance for agitation. After introducing myself, he told me his story. He witnessed his brother be shot to death by police. He now felt targeted, which is what prompted his visit to the emergency department. He was worried he was being followed. Were these paranoid delusions? During a brief encounter in the emergency department, it is hard to know for certain. However, after taking a thorough history from him, one thing was clear: This man was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder following the violent death of his brother.

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Ann Lin, PA-S Ann Lin, PA-S

The things you don’t learn in the classroom

When I think back to didactic year, it’s a blur colored by a mad dash of learning pathophysiology, clinical guidelines, and diagnostics. You name it, we learned it. Outside of lecture, we even had the opportunity to learn different skills for interviewing and the theory behind effective clinical encounters through standardized patients. It was hectic, to say the least. But by the end of the year, I felt ready for clinical rotations.

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Laresia Farrington Laresia Farrington

Name: Laresia Farrington

Position: Staff Assistant

Division/Program in department: Physician Assistant Program

Start date: April 23, 2018

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: UNC Chapel-Hill (retired), temporary position at Duke Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

What I will be doing in this role: Providing administrative support to the PA Division Chief and Program Director.

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Viviana Martinez-Bianchi Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP

We gathered June 17, 2018, to celebrate the achievements of six amazing people who are now alumni of the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program. The past three years were special for all who were involved in their training. We started with five who joined us in June of 2015 — Brian Blank, Sam Fam, Jonathan Hedrick, Jonathan Jimenez, and Everlyn Perez — and then Kenetra Hix joined us the following year. 

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Barbara McPhillipsName: Barbara L. McPhillips

Position: Administrative Assistant

Division/Program in department: The Practical Playbook, Chair's Office

Start date: Aug. 6, 2018

Years at Duke: 14

Where I worked prior to this role: DUMC Engineering & Operations

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