Allison Higa-Howerton Allison Higa-Howerton, PA-S

It was early May 2014 and my husband and I were finishing up our jobs in Des Moines, Iowa. We were planning our ambitious road trip to relocate to Durham, North Carolina and finishing off our bucket list of favorite activities before we moved.

In just one month we’d be living in a new state, trying to learn the lay of the land. And in just three months I’d be starting my own epic journey — two whirlwind years of education at the Duke Physician Assistant Program.

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By Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, M.D., FAAFP

On June 13, the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program celebrated its 2015 family medicine graduates, and also highlighted that the Duke Family Medicine Residency graduated its first class 40 years ago. And we were honored with a visit by the residency’s first program director, Lyndon Jordan, M.D.

Several awards were given during graduation night, including:

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Beth NicholsName: Beth Nichols

Position: Financial Analyst

Division in CFM: Chairman’s Office

Time in this position: 8 years

Years at Duke: 15

What I do at work: Assist in management of departmental funds with monthly monitoring and reporting of spending/expenses.

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Shelby Hill-McCrayName: Shelby Hill-McCray

Position: Occupational Health Nurse, SR.

Division in CFM: Employee Occupational Health and Wellness

Time in this position: 23 years

Years at Duke: 37 years

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By Bret Powell, DO

The time has truly flown by since my fellow residents — Aaron George, DO; Jon Bonnet, M.D.; and Michele Fass, M.D. — and I entered the Duke Family Medicine Residency Program in July 2012. We now are enjoying our final month here before we go our separate ways.

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