By Aaron George, DO

I sat in the workroom on a busy cardiology service during the first month of my residency training, listening to the drone of distant elevator music through the phone. My fingers raced across the keyboard as I waited for a free pharmacist to answer my call.

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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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Allison Higa-Howerton Allison Higa-Howerton, PA-S

It was early May 2014 and my husband and I were finishing up our jobs in Des Moines, Iowa. We were planning our ambitious road trip to relocate to Durham, North Carolina and finishing off our bucket list of favorite activities before we moved.

In just one month we’d be living in a new state, trying to learn the lay of the land. And in just three months I’d be starting my own epic journey — two whirlwind years of education at the Duke Physician Assistant Program.

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

On June 13, the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program celebrated its 2015 family medicine graduates, and also highlighted that the Duke Family Medicine Residency graduated its first class 40 years ago. And we were honored with a visit by the residency’s first program director, Lyndon Jordan, M.D.

Several awards were given during graduation night, including:

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Beth NicholsName: Beth Nichols

Position: Financial Analyst

Division in CFM: Chairman’s Office

Time in this position: 8 years

Years at Duke: 15

What I do at work: Assist in management of departmental funds with monthly monitoring and reporting of spending/expenses.

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