Viviana Martinez-Bianchi Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, MD, FAAFP

May 19-23 found me busy in Geneva, Switzerland, as a member of the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) delegation attending the World Health Assembly (WHA72). The Palais of the United Nations, was busy with people from over the world speaking the language of health and health care. NCDs and communicable diseases, infant, maternal and child health, mental health, access to vaccines, emergency preparedness, patient safety, palliative care, were once again being discussed in its many rooms, and resolutions voted on by the member states of the World Health Organization (WHO). Yet this year finds leaders of the world following the outcomes of the Declaration of Astana with a true awareness that what the world needs to improve health outcomes is for the majority of care to be delivered by primary health care (PHC), through the work of interdisciplinary teams, and that these teams need to be well trained, well organized, well supported and well-funded to succeed.  

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Susie Page Susie Page, MSW

The mind-body connection is well established. We all know “real life” problems of our patients make them vulnerable to chronic disease and stress. As licensed clinicians, social workers are authorized to diagnose pathology per DSM-5 guidelines. The reality is that family medicine social workers live in the V codes of DSM-5 and Z codes of ICD-10: “Person in Situation.” These codes represent social determinants of care that have wide ranging psychological impact: from trauma to everyday challenges, such as food insecurity and caregiver burden.

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Moe Paquette Moe Paquette

Last January I was in the middle of my didactic year, writing my first Duke Physician Assistant Program blog about my roots in Vermont and experiencing Cameron Indoor Stadium and Duke Basketball with my dad. Fast forward 18 months, and I have now finished my clinical year, received my certificate in the beautiful Duke Chapel, and will soon be taking the PANCE.

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Woody Bass Woody Bass

Name: Woody Bass

Position: Information Services Specialist

Division/Program in department: Physician Assistant Program

Start date: 05/28/19

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: TenPlus Systems, a small technology firm in Raleigh.

What I will be doing in this role: Primarily supporting the faculty and staff of the PA Program with their technology needs, with some overlap supporting the PA students, as well.

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Chi Nguyen Chi Nguyen, PA-S

It is hard to believe that there is only one week left of clinical year. Ten years ago when I was working as a manager for my family’s construction business, I didn’t even know what a PA was, much less think I’d be back in school, and married with a 3-year-old son. Now, six years after learning about this amazing profession, I will soon be a PA and have the privilege of being a trusted member of patients’ lives.

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