Soijett Blue PA-S Soijett Blue PA-S

I was scribing in a Radiation Oncology clinic in December 2019 when a notification appeared: “Offer of Admission, Duke Physician Assistant Program.” Forgoing all decorum, I let out a loud shriek and informed the physician that I had been accepted.

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Carson Close Carson Close, PA-C

This past Christmas, my kids were determined to make a jewelry box for my wife as her present. I don’t know where they came up with the idea, but they weren’t changing their minds. The problem was, and is, that I am not a carpenter nor do I have the tools to pull off this project. Luckily, we were able to find a neighbor who had the skills, time and tools to help my children pull off this feat.

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Katherine Lee, M.D., MSPH Katherine Lee, M.D., MSPH

I did not match at the No. 1 program on my Match list.

Match day is a pivotal moment in every medical student’s path. In their last year of medical school, students apply to and interview at residency programs in their specialty. Each student makes a list of programs in order of preference with their No. 1 program as their top choice. Residency programs do the same, making a list of students. Using a Nobel Prize-winning algorithm, The Match® processes these lists to match students and programs. A month later, students find out if they matched and which residency program they will be attending. Some do not match at all.

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Taylor Kovarik PA-S headshot Taylor Kovarik PA-S

Since I was a little kid, I have wanted to live in a big city. Growing up in a small town and going to college at a rural state institution left me wanting to be somewhere urban and bustling. I wanted to meet people from all over. So you could say that I was not particularly excited about completing the Duke Physician Assistant Program’s required two rural clinical rotations. When I got my clinical year schedule, I was honestly a little disheartened to see that my first and third rotations were going to be “away rotations.”

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Diane Davis, PA-C, MPH

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” 
― William Arthur Ward

"Keep Moving Forward"
— Walt Disney

There could hardly be a more relevant set of quotes for the past year.

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