LeiMeredith Moore-Byers PA-S LeiMeredith Moore-Byers PA-S

The Lane

To be a physician assistant student is to voluntarily commit to expanding your mind daily for 24-36 months and beyond. I will use this space to share a thing or two I wish I knew.

I am thinking back to the moment when pursuing healthcare just felt right. A newly minted 911 dispatcher for Virginia's capital, EMS calls had a hold on me in a way that was impossible to ignore. Five years later, I began the most rigorous training I have personally ever received.

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Raman Norhia, M.D. Raman Norhia, M.D.

In March 2020, my wife and I were enjoying an extended vacation in India. We had both left our jobs to travel around Southeast Asia for three months. We rode camels through the desert, had our fortunes read in an ancient palace, and sat in the gardens of the Taj Mahal during a pale pink sunrise. One day, while sitting in our hotel in the holy city of Varanasi, our tour guide gathered us in the lobby for some shocking news.

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Julian Xie, MPP, MS4 Julian Xie, MPP, MS4

The roots of medicine are intertwined with food: the Rx on a medication prescription is short for the Latin word "recipere" or "you take"— the same word that gives rise to “recipe.” Today, medicine is increasingly getting back to those roots. Produce Prescription Programs are one in a growing menu of interventions where health systems are getting involved in assisting with food security and improving food systems at large. 

Working with Duke Department of Family Medicine and Community Health on research around the Bull City Bucks Produce Prescription Program has done so much to satisfy my appetite for food systems policy. During my clinical rotations in hospitals and clinics as a medical student at Duke University School of Medicine, I noticed a common story when I saw patients. One patient summed it up best: “When it comes to SNAP, you can eat healthy or you can eat more than once.”

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Ashley Voss, PA-C

“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The above quote was below my high school yearbook picture in my senior year. A quick Google search now tells me that there is no proof that Ralph Waldo Emerson ever said it and it wasn’t in any of his works. Google was in its infancy when I was in high school, so I’m not sure where I found it.  Whomever said it, I like it. Without knowing it, I have followed this advice throughout my career and life. 

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Michaela Kaltner PA-S Michaela Kaltner PA-S

Few experiences can so universally provoke feelings of nervousness, excitement, and anxiety as a first day.  Whether it be a first day of school, first day at a new job, or first day of a new clinical rotation, many of us have experienced enough first days in our lives to wonder – how many times before this becomes less awkward?   

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