Aubrey Waechter PA-S at Lake Crabtree Aubrey Waechter PA-S at Lake Crabtree

I’ve had the best day today. 

I woke up to a fresh pot of coffee and enjoyed a cup on the patio; Durham's weather has shifted from the unforgiving humidity of summer to a much gentler, calm fall climate. I finished breakfast and then geared up for the first virtual lesson of the day: Viruses that Changed the World. Can you think of a more engaging, appropriate topic for 2020? After appreciating every word, I felt such gratitude for public health and the roles of physician assistants (PA). 

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Roosevelt Campbell, M.D., Ph.D. Roosevelt Campbell, M.D., Ph.D.

For decades we have known that social circumstances such as poverty, structural racism, unstable housing, poor access to healthy food, unsafe environments, and lack of education are major drivers of health. During a pandemic these drivers are amplified. This leads to increased burden in already marginalized groups that have been subjected to a system of inequality that permeates every aspect of our society.

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Socially Distanced Fall Family Fun in the Triangle

As a resident, there is limited time away from rotations to spend with family and fulfill my roles as a husband and father. It has been especially difficult to find safe and responsible activities with my family due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has remained a large threat and concern to our community since the spring. As the temperatures drop and leaves begin to fall, it is important to remain vigilant and continue taking precautions, such as wearing a mask, social distancing and frequent hand washing. However, there are still many activities in the Durham area and at home that you can take advantage of to keep your whole family entertained! Below are some of my favorite ideas for fall family fun in the time of COVID-19.

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Alex Cho, MD, MBA

On Journeys

"A journey of a thousand li* starts beneath one's feet." -- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Most are probably familiar with some variant of this proverb that is commonly paraphrased, including by President John F. Kennedy, as "a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." That is, to get wherever you are going, one has to start—chicken soup for procrastinators like me.

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Karen Scherr, MD, PhD Karen Scherr, M.D., Ph.D.

Avoiding the doctor’s office? You are not alone.

As a primary care physician, an important part of my job is to ensure patients are up-to-date on their “health maintenance,” which includes screening tests (e.g. pap smears or colonoscopies) and also preventive medicine (e.g. flu shots). I spend hours talking with patients about the importance of health maintenance, inquiring about any barriers to getting care, and helping them brainstorm solutions to overcome these barriers. I truly believe in the importance of these things, and it is one of the reasons that I chose family medicine.

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