Last Wednesday, Megan Arguello, RN, found herself in the same situation as the hundreds of patients she’d seen since March 12: she was swabbed to determine if she had COVID-19. It just happened that she was swabbed in the very drive-through testing site that she’d helped set up and work in for the past week at Duke Family Medicine Center.

Arguello requested that her nurse colleague Nicole Yeates, RN―who worked alongside her to build up the drive-through and also to train others providers how to work the site―be the one to swab her.

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John Ragsdale, M.D., felt the weight of the previous weeks as he walked in the woods with his wife Luna Ragsdale, M.D., an emergency medicine physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He was processing the pace at which his clinic ramped up for Duke’s COVID-19 response, the latest research on the novel coronavirus, what he and his wife were seeing in their respective patients, and various treatments and testing options. Also on his mind was his own mortality. 

“I was getting freaked out and I had to keep running to convince myself I wasn’t dying,” Ragsdale said.

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Kailey Redding PA-S Kailey Redding, PA-S

My first clinical rotation was primary care in rural North Carolina. One of the first patients I saw on my own was an older man with diabetes whose wife had accompanied him to his appointment. They were both in the room when I told him his A1C had come down to his goal and congratulated him on finally controlling his blood sugar. His wife expressed some jealousy that she wasn’t having as much ease controlling her own blood sugar. At the end of the appointment she said to me, “so… will you still be here in September?

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Caitlin Piccone and her dog, Max Caitlin Piccone and her dog, Max

Name: Caitlin Piccone

Position: Clinical Research Coordinator

Division/Program in department: Research Unit

Start date: 1/13/2020

Years at Duke: 1.5

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: I worked for Innovations in Healthcare through the Duke Global Health Institute.

What I will be doing in this role: I will be assisting faculty with coordinating and conducting various activities during the research process.

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Talor Kovarik PA-S Taylor Kovarik PA-S

One thing not on my checklist of items to bring to Durham for the Duke Physician Assistant Program was camping equipment. After hearing endless stories of how I would never have time to do anything fun while in school, I found myself shopping for a tent less than six weeks into the didactic year.

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