“Military veterans have valuable health care and life experiences. They are mature and motivated individuals who exhibit leadership skills and professionalism, and they add diversity and richness to the class body.”

— Edward Michaud, PhD, et al



Veterans are the foundation and backbone of the physician assistant profession. Duke University recognized early on that military veterans possess invaluable personal and professional skills, as well as traits that translate well to civilian careers in medicine. This is why Eugene A. Stead, Jr., MD, recruited former Navy corpsmen to comprise the first class of PA students at Duke.

Stead recognized the incredible hands-on field training received by these combat veterans, and the difficulty often experienced translating these skills into a viable civilian career. To this day, the Duke PA program remains committed to serving our veteran population, and recognizing the incredible sacrifice made by those who serve. 

Thank you for your service.



Alumni Spotlight: Kendra Ireigbe, PA-C

Read about Kendra Ireigbe ('23) and her experience with the Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP) scholarship.

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Veterans: The Foundation of the PA Profession

Read more about the history of the PA profession and learn why three of our current student veterans say the military helped them along their path to PA

For more information please visit Duke University Resources for Veterans

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Resources for Veterans