Heather Dumke, PA-S

Lessons from Clinical Year

July 21, 2017: My last day of clinical year. I awoke that morning and immediately felt a flood of emotions: excited that I had accomplished another PA school milestone; exhausted from adapting to new rotations, new places, and new medical knowledge for twelve straight months; grateful for the wonderful preceptors and patients who helped me advance my clinical skills; and sad that I will never again be able to immerse myself in so many diverse clinical experiences in such a short period of time.

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Martha La Rosa Snyder, PA-S

Year One

I got married a little over a year ago – one month before I started as a newly-minted Duke University physician assistant student. The golden ticket offer to interview at the No. 1 PA program in the nation had arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks before we were set to leave for Peru – the proposal destination that my husband had been planning. The exciting sequence of events in those few months ended with Duke e-mailing my acceptance for the Class of 2018. 

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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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