Emerald Henault Emerald Henault, PA-S

The day you get your strings is an exciting day. It is the first Friday back after a holiday break, and we are readjusting to the lecture schedule and thrilled to be reunited with our PA friends. We did not quite know what to expect from this first Friday because previously we were always in “Anatomy Lab” or in “Patient Assessment & Counseling 1”— courses that ended last semester. Half of the class will do casting and half will practice bandaging, but everyone has a block in their schedule for “Knot Tying 1.” 

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Kirk Williams Kirk Williams, PA-S

Editor’s note: All patient information has been made up and is not based on an actual patient.

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Joanna Newman Joanna Newman, PA-S

I have to say that casting day has been one of the most fun days I have had to date in the Duke Physician Assistant Program. Learning a manual skill like applying a cast gives you a chance to get out of your headspace and do something with your hands.  After a week of lectures, surgery Fridays are setting up to be a much appreciated change of pace.

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Megha Karmalkar Megha Karmalkar, PA-S

Editor’s note: All patient information has been made up and is not based on an actual patient.

“Patient is a 73-year-old male with history of advanced prostate cancer, CAD, s/p triple bypass, DMI, CKD admitted for complaints of anuria and chest pain…”

My first day of internal medicine had arrived, and I was hustling to keep up with my team on rounds —both mentally and physically. Comfortable shoes were a must as we briskly walked from floor to floor of the hospital. 

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Kenneth Graham Kenneth Graham, PA-S

It’s Friday afternoon and most of us are tired from standing all morning in the anatomy lab. On top of that we have just finished lunch and we have to go into the Patient Assessment and Counseling Course (PAC) rooms and start another section of our physical exam.

The class begins with our PAC instructor giving us a complete demonstration of the system that we will be examining today, as well as what parts to pay specific attention to in order to not lose points on our final physical exam at the end of the term. 

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