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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Justin Wood, PA-S


Fellow classmate Neena Pack has posted this lovely announcement in our class Facebook group too many times to count at this point in our PA school career. It serves as a reminder to download the necessary updates to ensure a fully-functioning testing platform. During clinical year, this usually only means one thing: Get excited, folks, it’s call back day!

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Bryar Falvey, PA-S

Reflections on the first year

People have described the first year of PA school as “drinking from a fire hydrant” or “carrying ten pounds of potatoes in a five pound sack” and I would have to agree. We begin a new unit of information almost every week; doesn’t that sound daunting? Well, it is.

It is crazy, it is hectic, it is stressful, but it is also exciting. College was drastically different from PA school. While in college, I was forced to read literature of which I had no interest. In PA school the material is everything I ever wanted and more.

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Leesha Gunnink, PA-S

A New Home

When I imagined what PA school would be like, I knew I would learn an immense amount and be challenged academically. What I did not anticipate was the ideological stretching, but I am grateful for my context and classes that have contributed to my growth.

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