Second Year Student Blog: Jarod Green
Thursday, April 26, 2018
White coat? 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.
I have had the amazing opportunity to photograph my classmates as we have learned how to become PAs together. Our academic education has been full of fun photo opportunities. For our Patient Assessment and Counseling course we played patient and provider as we practiced proper physical exam technique and honed our skills with our stethoscopes, ophthalmoscopes and reflex hammers. For our Surgery course, we sutured countless pigs’ feet, practiced scrubbing-in, and performed laparoscopic procedures in the fresh-tissue lab. For our Diagnostic Methods course, we donned our scientist coats to perform common laboratory tests and analyses. For each unit of Clinical Medicine, we suited-up in our white coats to practice with standardized patients. Because I was participating in these learning experiences, as well, I would usually take pictures for a few minutes at the end of the session, or I would stay behind for a second session if time permitted. Thankfully, my amazing classmates (and even some faculty members) took pictures of me, so that I have those memories for myself.
While it was relatively easy to keep up with the events that occurred during class hours, it proved to be a greater challenge to keep up with my busy classmates in our various extracurricular activities and on away rotations during clinical year. Fortunately, if I were unable to attend an event, someone would take pictures and make sure they got to me. For community outreach, we participated in several traditional Duke Physician Assistant Program events such as our PA Days of Service, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Shave-a-Thon, and our Burton Health Education Day Project, but we also planned new, fun events, including glow yoga, Locopops fundraisers, and a field day competition for Red Nose Day. Our student committees in Stead Society were very active, with the Diversity Committee and our newly formed Health and Wellness Committee planning events to promote their respective missions. Our class regularly participated in various Duke University events, such as Basketball Campout and Winter Formal, and we traveled across the country to Las Vegas for the AAPA Conference in 2017.
Looking back now over my many albums and folders of pictures, I consider myself fortunate to have been able to capture the 89 of us sharing these moments together. I will remember casting with Tommy, suturing with Shelby, Dom’s model lab pose, Chris and Ben’s St. Baldrick’s scalp rub, my birthday cut-out from Chelsea and Tammy, winning basketball season tickets (twice!), our Duke “family photos,” our AAPA Snapchat takeover, and asking everyone in the class to let me take their picture 10,000 times. I know everyone else will take away their own memories of our time at here, as well.
As historian, I was able to have the Duke PA experience once for myself and many more times through my camera lens as it focused on my classmates — and it revealed the best qualities of all of us and why we will be phenomenal PAs because of our time at Duke.
Jarod Green was a second-year PA student with the Duke Physician Assistant Program.
Editor’s note: Duke Physician Assistant Program students blog every month. Blogs represent the opinion of the author, not the Duke Physician Assistant Program, the Department of Community and Family Medicine or Duke University.