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

SHUT DOWN YOUR LAPTOPS TONIGHT PEOPLE!!!

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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