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

I walk the hallways of the United Nations’ Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and I am overcome by a sense of awe as I think of the historic significance of the place, the many global political decisions debated in its chambers and actions that have changed the course of the lives of entire populations.

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Christopher Beach, PA-S Christopher Beach, PA-S

The earth-shattering explosion pierced the crisp, early morning air. It was sunrise in the southern tip of Afghanistan and my platoon, consisting of a group of 16 U.S. Navy SEALs, was conducting a mission as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Every movement had been calculated with the utmost precision and expertise. Yet, no matter how well practiced and equipped we were, the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) hidden inches below the surface of the ground were beyond our control.

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Preyanka Makadia, DOAs the end of residency draws near, I have been reflecting on the experiences and lessons I have learned over the past three years that I will carry throughout my career as a family physician. I expected residency to be challenging; I was expecting the long hours, the steep learning curve, and added responsibility of being the primary provider for patients.

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Tom Berry Tom Berry

Name: Tom Berry

Position: Financial Management Analyst III

Division in CFM: Chair’s Office

Time in this position: Five months

Years at Duke: 38

What I do at work: Assist the Admin team with CFM financial analysis and reporting.

What I love about my job: Definitely the people I have met and the pleasure to work with so far.

My first job: Golf course maintenance at Hillandale Golf Course in the 7th grade.

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Dolores Villar, PA-S

“Congratulations on your admission to the Duke University PA Program” was the subject headline of the email I received on Oct. 19, 2015. Six months later, as I write this, I am amazed by the experiences and knowledge I have gained and I am excited for what lies ahead. 

So, what does it mean to be a Duke University PA student?

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