Adaugo Iwuala PA-S

Being a Duke Physician Assistant Program student is such a blessing to me. Sometimes I am still in awe about the fact that I get to study medicine at such an amazing program! The first semester was a whirlwind, but I’ve done some reflecting on some of the biggest lessons I have learned along the way.

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Isha Amin PA-S

A little over a year ago, I was walking circles around a beautiful brick-walled building on a corner in downtown Durham, North Carolina, seizing the moment. I was at the Duke Physician Assistant Program!

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Jennifer Vu PA-S Jennifer Vu PA-S

A large part of my transition to living away from my family and moving to North Carolina has been figuring out what diversity means to me. As a child, I would sit beside my dad and hear him quietly say, “I would love to go home.” I did not understand this; home seemed to be America. This was where I was born and where my friends, house, and family were.

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Shelby Neil, PA-S Shelby Neil, PA-S

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would end up at the Duke Physician Assistant Program. I submitted my application, thinking, “What if they accidentally let me in?” I could not believe my eyes when I saw an email inviting me to an interview.

Whatever it took, I would be there

The entire process was amazing. I felt more welcomed by the staff and faculty than at any of the other PA programs; I walked out of the interview, called my mom and told her that this was exactly where I wanted to be. Soon after, I found out that I would be attending my dream school.

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Rachel Solomon, PA-S Rachel Solomon, PA-S

“What does my soul need right now?”

“What does my body need right now?”

“What’s bringing me joy today?”

These are the types of questions I’ve learned to actively ask myself while studying every night and trying to make it through one exam and onto the next. Physician assistant education is challenging and time-intensive. The constant grind will affect your sleep schedule, diet, exercise, relationships, and general routine. However, PA school doesn’t have to negatively impact these areas of your life. If you’re applying to PA school (or even if you’re already in the thick of it!), I encourage you to consider how you will best care for yourself.

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