Jeanna Bateson, MMS, PA-C, joined the department as a physician assistant in July and works at Duke Family Medicine Center. Bateson received her Master of Medical Science in 2015 from the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program.
Where were you practicing/working previous to Duke? What was your role there?
Prior to Duke, I worked as a physician assistant in emergency medicine with the Emergency Physicians of Tidewater in Hampton Roads, Virginia for three years. My role was to conduct focused evaluations, perform numerous diagnostic/therapeutic procedures, establish diagnostic decision-making, devise treatment plans, and care for patients with a wide variety of medical conditions.
Why did you choose to join Duke Community & Family Medicine?
I decided to join Duke Community & Family Medicine because I feel that this team truly fosters and supports life-long learning. Working with this reputable group of providers will allow me to challenge myself, continue to grow as a provider, and further develop the skill set that I’ve built in the emergency department. My decision to transition from emergency medicine stems from my desire to build closer relationships with my patients and work with a more close-knit group of providers.
Is there any other information you would like to share?
Prior to my physician assistant training, I spent time working as a nursing assistant on the pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient unit at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. This job ignited my passion for pediatrics and opened up my eyes to the rewarding nature of continuity of care. I loved building relationships with the children and their families and supporting them during their time of need.
What is your clinical focus/what types of patients will you be taking care of at Duke? At what clinic/locations will you be working?
As a primary care provider, I will be taking care of patients of all ages with a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions. In addition, I will focus on preventative care, health maintenance, and prenatal care. I also have a strong interest in pediatrics and am looking forward to caring for children, toddlers, and newborns. I will be working at the Duke Family Medical Center.
What is your approach to clinical care?
I believe the most important aspect of clinical care is quality. I want my patients to feel understood and know that their concerns are being addressed. I achieve this through maintaining respect, communicating clearly, and making the patient and their families my highest priority at all times. Staying current with the most up-to-date evidence-based medicine is also a core principle of my approach to clinical care.