Duke University Medical Center
Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology
Class of 2004
Ennis E. Turrentine, MHS, PA-C, graduated from the Duke University PA Program in 2004 with a Master of Health Sciences degree. Prior to entering the PA Program, she worked as a certified pharmacy technician and earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from North Carolina Central University in 1998. Ms. Turrentine’s career as a PA demonstrates a true passion for clinical medicine and PA education.
In 2005, Ms. Turrentine became one of the first inpatient PAs employed by the Division of Medical Oncology at Duke University Medical Center to improve the continuity and overall care of patients admitted to the inpatient oncology unit. Undoubtedly, due to Ms. Turrentine’s role as a mentor, her excellent clinical skills, compassion, and tireless work, this new PA model was successful and now employs four fulltime PAs.s. Turrentine is also a valued contributor to the education of Duke PA students. She has been a preceptor since 2008 for students choosing an elective oncology clinical rotation. In addition, she has served since 2010 as a small group facilitator for Clinical Medicine Oncology, Nephrology and ENT Common Problem Labs as well as a small group instructor for the Patient Assessment and Counseling course.
Ms. Turrentine’s co-workers on the oncology unit, students, and Duke PA faculty describe her as “competent, compassionate, an outstanding mentor and teacher who consistently goes above and beyond as a physician assistant, friend, and colleague.” Because of these attributes she was a nominee for the Duke University Strength, Hope and Caring Award in 2008, which was developed to honor employees who demonstrate extraordinary care. She was honored as the 2016 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year at the Duke PA Commencement Ceremony on May 10, 2015.