Duke Physician Assistant Program News

A Conversation with Stead Society President Kristina Miller

This month, we are stepping away from our usual student blog posts to bring you a two-part series: First-year students Polly Hurlburt and Kris Miller sat down to discuss Kris's groundbreaking role as the first Black president of the Duke PA Program's student society, the Stead Society.


Part 1: The Path to Leadership


Path to PA: Write Your Own Mission Statement

We talk a lot about considering each program’s mission statement, philosophies, and values when choosing where you want to submit applications. However, we have only touched on writing your personal mission statement to guide you as you apply to Physician Assistant (PA) programs.

The new year, when you are already thinking about your goals, is a great time to put that idea into practice.

Alumni Spotlight: Kendra Ireigbe, PA-C

Kendra Ireigbe, PA-C (’23), didn’t grow up dreaming of military service, yet the team-based atmosphere of the military had always appealed to her.

By the time she began applying to physician assistant (PA) programs, she knew she wanted to join the military and that the PA profession started with Navy Corpsman. She also knew trying to join the military as a PA without any other military experience can be difficult.

First Year Student Blog: Nick Stewart

“Challenging but rewarding.”

This is how many new parents and physician assistant (PA) students alike describe their experience. Now, imagine doing both at the same time. It may be twice as challenging, but it’s all the more rewarding.

Gift Ideas for PA Applicants and Students

‘Tis the time of year for buying gifts. Whether you are shopping for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, or just out of a vague need to participate in the holiday season, you might find yourself wondering what to give the PA student in your life.

We asked our students to tell us what gifts they would like and what would have been great before matriculating into PA school.

First Year Student Blog: Eryka Molino

One of the main reasons I chose the Duke PA Program is its holistic approach to medicine. The curriculum focuses on the social determinants of health as well as the clinical reasoning required to practice medicine. Both are important to me, as I have been on both ends of what it is like to not be “the perfect patient.”