“Military veterans have valuable health care and life experiences. They are mature and motivated individuals who exhibit leadership skills and professionalism, and they add diversity and richness to the class body.”

— Edward Michaud, PhD, et al

Veterans are the foundation and backbone of the physician assistant profession. Duke University recognized early on that military veterans possess invaluable personal and professional skills, as well as traits that translate well to civilian careers in medicine. This is why Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD, recruited former Navy corpsmen to comprise the first class of PA students at Duke.

Stead recognized the incredible hands-on field training received by these combat veterans, and the difficulty often experienced translating these skills into a viable civilian career. To this day, the Duke PA program remains committed to serving our veteran population, and recognizing the incredible sacrifice made by those who serve. 

Thank you for your service.


Veteran Informational Session: May 2021

Featured Student Veteran

As a former U.S. Army National Guard medic, second-year student Tiffany Tran blogs about Basic Combat Training and the PA who introduced her to the profession.

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Featured Veteran Alumnus

James “Jim” E. Hill, Jr., MEd, PA-C (right), lead mentor and recipient of the Alumnus of the Year award, graduated from the Duke University Physician Assistant Program in 1976 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and served as a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps (1970-1978).

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