Jennifer Vu PA-S Jennifer Vu PA-S

A large part of my transition to living away from my family and moving to North Carolina has been figuring out what diversity means to me. As a child, I would sit beside my dad and hear him quietly say, “I would love to go home.” I did not understand this; home seemed to be America. This was where I was born and where my friends, house, and family were.

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Shelby Neil, PA-S Shelby Neil, PA-S

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I would end up at the Duke Physician Assistant Program. I submitted my application, thinking, “What if they accidentally let me in?” I could not believe my eyes when I saw an email inviting me to an interview.

Whatever it took, I would be there

The entire process was amazing. I felt more welcomed by the staff and faculty than at any of the other PA programs; I walked out of the interview, called my mom and told her that this was exactly where I wanted to be. Soon after, I found out that I would be attending my dream school.

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Joseph Colosimo Joseph Colosimo, M.D.

“I can’t do this.”

“I feel like nothing. I feel numb to everything.”

“This isn’t for me. This isn’t the life I want.”

These are just a few of the texts I sent my fiancée during my first month of inpatient general medicine, which I finished just a few weeks ago. There were moments when I thought about walking away from the path that I’d chosen and there were moments where I felt my worth was that of the gravel that coated the parking lot of the hospital. Suffice it to say, it was not the best month I’ve ever had. It was one of the most grueling and self-revelatory periods of my life. However, I look back on those four weeks now with a fondness that is based in the lessons I learned and in knowing that my feelings were not congruent with the reality of the situation I was in.

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Geneva Arness Geneva Arness

Name: Geneva K. Arness

Position: Staff Nurse

Division/Program in department: EOHW/Healthy Duke/Live For Life

Start date: 9/30/19

Time at Duke: 6 months as a contractor with Health Fitness

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: At home for 7 years. Prior to that, I worked at Oregon Health and Science University.

What I will be doing in this role: I will be a nurse on our mobile health assessment team.

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Elvira Dixon Elvira Dixon

Name: Elvira Dixon         

Position: Staff Specialist

Division/Program in department: Division of Community Health, Walltown Neighborhood Clinic

Start date: 09/23/19

Years at Duke: 4 years.

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: I worked in the Patient Revenue Management Office as a customer service representative

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