Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH Alexa Mieses, MD, MPH

There I sat, rattling off my plans for the next one to five years. I was sitting in my program director’s office for an advisement meeting. “Of course, I would like to eventually run for the Board of Directors, but you know I’d probably better think about applying for this other position first in order to get a better understanding of--”

“Why not now?” Dr. Martinez-Bianchi asked.

“Well, you know, like I said before applying for a prominent leadership position like that I’d really like to learn more about ...”

“Why not now?” she repeated.

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Ruby Bowers, PA-S

Bright Lights, Desert Sun, 8,000 PAs Gather at Mandalay Bay

My alarm goes off at 3 a.m., but I’m not dreading it this time. This early wake-up call is not for last-minute cramming before yet another exam, but instead it is for an exciting school-sponsored trip to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) National Conference in sunny Las Vegas!

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Donna Tuccero, M.D. Donna Tuccero, M.D.

As in other academic institutions throughout the country, Duke Family Medicine’s new intern class arrived June 26.  This is an exciting time for existing residents and faculty as we learn about our new colleagues. Part of the orientation includes a variety of interactive team-building exercises, as well as the expected instructional didactics and forums. One of our favorite activities is what we refer to as “personal power points.” During this time, both residents and faculty prepare a photo presentation to share ourselves, our backgrounds and our interests.

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Jan Kaiser Jan Kaiser

Name : Jan Kaiser

Position: Registered Nurse, Charge Nurse

Division in CFM: Duke Family Medicine Center, Division of Family Medicine

Time in this position: 10 months as an RN at Duke Family Medicine Center, and 1 month as Charge Nurse

Years at Duke: 10 months

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Anna Afonso, MD, MPH

New Models for Treating Chronic Disease

Many of my patients come to the doctor because they want to feel well. Though I can treat an ear infection or modify insulin regimens, “wellness” is complex.

The majority of conditions I see are chronic and preventable — including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Chronic disease is best addressed in our communities by the people with a deeper understanding of an individual’s personality, strengths, challenges and environment.

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