Tracy Christ-Clement, PA-C

“Work smarter, not harder”

I remember my father telling me this as a teen while trying to decide what my future would be like. We have heard this line before, but what does it mean? 

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Sami Moyer, PA-S Sami Moyer, PA-S

“You’re just a nurse.”

A statement made by a colleague, forever stained in my memory.

“You’re just a nurse.”

As if to assume my chosen undergraduate degree placed a glass ceiling on my knowledge and expertise in regards to the healthcare of my patient.

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Indrajit Sengupta PA-S Indrajit Sengupta PA-S

Relaxing on my much-awaited spring break after completing two semesters of pre-clinical year, I am still in a state of disbelief that I am part of Duke University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program. If anyone had told me a few years ago that I would become a PA student at Duke University, I would have thought the person was making fun of me. It is a surreal journey that has brought me to this stage of my life. I think sharing my journey would be helpful to at least a few like me who would never dare to dream of this.

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Catherine Isaac, MD

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Andrea Flores Burroughs, MD, PhD Andrea Flores Burroughs, M.D., Ph.D.

Never in a lifetime could I have imagined beginning residency in the midst of a global pandemic. The year 2020 displayed the delicate balance between life and death, the fragility of the U.S. and global health care systems, the deeply rooted infrastructure of racism in our country, and the contentious political landscape in which we live. The life-changing effects of COVID-19 forced us to shift our priorities and alter our daily lives. 

To capture my experience, I recorded a series of short videos highlighting my feelings in the moment. Some of the excerpts detail my excitement as a new resident, admitting my first patient and signing my first orders. Others highlight the joy of birth during labor and delivery and the sadness of death in the MICU.

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