Caroline Shore, PA-S

Staying Connected With Classmates

It is a well-kept secret that the most terrifying aspect of clinical year isn't your rotations. While you may quake and shake at the prospect of surgery or emergency medicine or women's health, the scariest part of the second year is actually being on your own.

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

Patient A is before me. He is in his late 80s, sharp as a tack and a delightful conversationalist. He lives in elderly housing and has just been discharged from the rehab center. He didn’t expect to be in my office “so soon” after returning home.

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Joshua Davidoff, PA-S

2,562. 240. 90.

The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s admissions web page lays out just how selective the program is. For my class, 2,562 people applied, 240 were interviewed, and 90 accepted offers of admission. To be accepted, one has to have a remarkable story and numerous achievements. When I looked at those numbers, I thought “Why me? Am I good enough to survive and graduate?” I had imposter syndrome, but my story is one of overcoming adversity.

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Alexa Namba, DO Alexa Namba, DO

”Push! Push! You can do it! You’re so close! Breathe deep! Only one more push!“

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John Ragsdale, MDIt is not often you get a chance to learn a new skill when you are in the "midlife" of your career. However, that is exactly what I have been allowed to do recently, and it is one of the reasons I enjoy working at an academic medical institution so much.

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