Gabriela Plasencia, M.D., MAS Gabriela Plasencia, M.D., MAS

Perspective From the Other Side

My first  

On Valentine’s Day 2018, my husband and I went for our first primary care appointments since we were in college. We were both medical students, had recently turned 26 and were freshly kicked off our parents’ insurance plans, and obtained insurance through our medical school. As an aspiring family medicine physician, I was excited to have my health evaluated by someone other than another medical student and catch up on whatever was needed for health maintenance based on my age.

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Kate Hauler, PA-S Kate Hauler, PA-S

The idea of practicing medicine has long enthralled me because I love science, people, and a good challenge – where else do these meld more perfectly? But there was always one thing in my way, not external but rather internal: my squeamishness.

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Olivia Brownley, PA-S Olivia Brownley, PA-S

It was finally here: my first day of clinical rotations! I never thought I could be so afraid and so excited about something all at once. Didactic year felt like it had gone by in a flash and our Bridge course zipped on by. What they say about PA school being like drinking from a firehouse is very true. I couldn’t possibly have kept all that information in my brain! What was I going to do? My mind was racing with thoughts. I was thrilled that my first rotation was primary care because I would have eight weeks to get exposure to just about everything. This was also the scary part — I was going to be working on just about everything. 

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Ashley Dougherty, MD Ashley Dougherty, M.D.

As I sat down to finish my notes for the day, I could not help but get distracted by the antics of Albus, my 90-pound German Shepherd. Alternating between quick, strategic licks and clumsily forcing his entire snout into the mostly empty peanut butter jar, he worked tirelessly to taste the final bits of creamy goodness from the bottom of the container. Eventually, he put his entire front paw in the container and then chewed on the jar until he was able to reach the very bottom, ensuring that he would not miss any of the tasty treat.

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Jacob Christy Jacob Christy

Name: Jacob Christy

Position: Clinical Research Coordinator

Division/Program in department: Research Unit

Start date: June 24, 2019

Years at Duke: 6 years

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: Duke Global Digital Health Science Center

What I will be doing in this role: I will primarily assist research faculty with navigating the regulatory process and help them with managing their various studies.

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