Jarod Green, PA-S

White coat? Check.

Stethoscope? Check.

Camera? Check.

My camera has been almost as essential to me this past year-and-a-half as my medical equipment. As historian of the Class of 2018, it has been my responsibility to chronicle our journey through PA school at Duke. Through my camera lens, I have seen the joys, struggles and triumphs that the 89 of us have experienced. I have seen my amazing classmates learn medicine, practice clinical skills, debate important issues, participate in community service, and study, study, study. Almost as importantly, I have seen us interact with one another — teaching, learning, supporting, laughing, crying — as we have developed friendships that will last far beyond our two years of school. Being historian has been one of the highlights of my Duke PA experience.

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Maurice Paquette, PA-S

It takes a village to raise a child.

Growing up in a small town in northern Vermont, I was lucky enough to be the beneficiary of this proverb. Going to high school less than two miles from home, my early years were predominated by a caring community that supported each of my endeavors, including school, sports and travel. College further echoed this. Saint Michael’s College, just two miles from my family’s restaurant, was a community which cared for the individual needs of each and every student. From small classes and philosophical discussions to international travel, and a group of biology professors who shaped me more than they could ever know, SMC was a wonderful place to grow and flourish, as not only a student, but also as a person.

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Valerie Mock, PA-S

What a whirlwind! Years ago, I felt like PA school would never come. As a business school graduate with an MBA, I had to start from scratch for every single prerequisite. I enjoyed the process — working during the day, taking science courses after work and volunteering in the NICU on the weekends. This became my life for years, and I was happy. Then all of the sudden, it was time for CASPA, then supplemental essays, and finally interview season. On Oct. 11, 2016, all my hard work paid off when I received my acceptance to the Duke Physician Assistant Program.

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Bailey Bangerter Bailey Bangerter, PA-S

In July, I set out for my very first rotation: general surgery in Lumberton, NC. Still exhausted from the endless demands of didactic year, I tried to start clinical year with an open mind and a positive attitude.

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Joe Chang, PA-S

Reflections from the First Semester

I began my journey as a PA student at the Duke Physician Assistant Program (DPAP) auspiciously, culminating with the White Coat Ceremony during the first week of orientation. This intimate ceremony initiated each of us into the PA profession, following the path of past and current PAs, who have contributed greatly to our profession.

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