Duke PA students awarded certificates
Members of the Physician Assistant Program Class of 2014 received their PA certificates in a ceremony Friday morning at the Physician Assistant Program building in downtown Durham. The students received MHS degrees in May at the Duke University graduation ceremonies.
Class President Megan Barrus spoke to her fellow classmates and charged them to “remember your humanity and your story.” “We are a special class,” she added.
The new PAs range in age from 24 to 44, with the average age being 27 to 28. The class had a commitment to service, taking on projects including raising money for St. Baldrick’s, serving food at the Ronald McDonald House and organizing blood drives.
The class included eight underserved community scholars, four National Health Service Corp. scholars, 13 students who participated in global health rotations in Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Bolivia and Ecuador, and two students with U.S. Air Force scholarships.
Alumnus Earl Echard also was honored at the ceremonies.
A new class of PA students enters the nation’s top-ranked program next week.