Anthony Sciulli, PA-S

I look back fondly on my high school human physiology class, not for the content, but for the experience itself.  Like most high school students, I lacked insight on what I would like to pursue in life and took the honors level class largely to “look good” on my college applications. The teacher, who coincidentally played football for and graduated from Duke, was tough. Within the first three days of school I realized the class itself was a far cry from any class I had ever taken.

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Hannah Hayes, PA-S

It’s the Saturday of Thanksgiving break as I write this and my one-year-old daughter is asleep in the other room. This break from school has not gone according to plan; few things do with a toddler. She is laid up with a sinus infection and the Amoxicillin she was prescribed has been making her vomit periodically for the past four days. Needless to say, I have not gotten as much studying (or sleep) in as I had planned. However, I cannot help but feel both lucky and proud.

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Heather Dumke, PA-S

Lessons from Clinical Year

July 21, 2017: My last day of clinical year. I awoke that morning and immediately felt a flood of emotions: excited that I had accomplished another PA school milestone; exhausted from adapting to new rotations, new places, and new medical knowledge for twelve straight months; grateful for the wonderful preceptors and patients who helped me advance my clinical skills; and sad that I will never again be able to immerse myself in so many diverse clinical experiences in such a short period of time.

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Martha La Rosa Snyder, PA-S

Year One

I got married a little over a year ago – one month before I started as a newly-minted Duke University physician assistant student. The golden ticket offer to interview at the No. 1 PA program in the nation had arrived in my inbox a couple of weeks before we were set to leave for Peru – the proposal destination that my husband had been planning. The exciting sequence of events in those few months ended with Duke e-mailing my acceptance for the Class of 2018. 

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Ruby Bowers, PA-S

Bright Lights, Desert Sun, 8,000 PAs Gather at Mandalay Bay

My alarm goes off at 3 a.m., but I’m not dreading it this time. This early wake-up call is not for last-minute cramming before yet another exam, but instead it is for an exciting school-sponsored trip to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) National Conference in sunny Las Vegas!

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