Bryar Falvey, PA-S

Reflections on the first year

People have described the first year of PA school as “drinking from a fire hydrant” or “carrying ten pounds of potatoes in a five pound sack” and I would have to agree. We begin a new unit of information almost every week; doesn’t that sound daunting? Well, it is.

It is crazy, it is hectic, it is stressful, but it is also exciting. College was drastically different from PA school. While in college, I was forced to read literature of which I had no interest. In PA school the material is everything I ever wanted and more.

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Everlyn Perez, M.D. Everlyn Perez, M.D.

She was only 18 years old, but had been through trauma that most women will never understand. During a recent international elective in La Paz, Bolivia, I had the opportunity to visit Raquel in her home. At first glance, her room was not too different from any other teenager; the walls were covered by posters of boy bands and a small table was decorated with make up and jewelry.  

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Leesha Gunnink, PA-S

A New Home

When I imagined what PA school would be like, I knew I would learn an immense amount and be challenged academically. What I did not anticipate was the ideological stretching, but I am grateful for my context and classes that have contributed to my growth.

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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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