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  1. Beautifully expressed passion. May you touch many with your enthusiasm and dedication!

  2. I want to congratulate you here on your competence and application in your studies and training. I am sure that the people you meet will be very well attended to.

  3. nice post

  4. Beautifully said, Dory. You brought me back to the feeling of PA training.

  5. I think it’s safe to say most PAs remember exactly how scary it was during training to trust the process. Thank you for sharing, Dory.

  6. Thanks for sharing Dory!

  7. Thanks for trusting us, Dory! We are glad you are here. You are going to make a great PA!

  8. Kayly
    I have loved reading your blog entries. They are often brutally honest but convey both the joy, frustration and final achievement of being a PhD student. Congratulations Dr Lembke! We will miss you.

  9. Congratulations on graduating!!!
    You write so beautifully and thoughtfully about the PA experience that I have shared your insights/journey/blog with other students who are considering the PA profession. Wishing you all the best in your career.

  10. Thank you for sharing Lauren and congrats to you and the entire class of PA17!!!

  11. Lauren, what a great final piece. Thanks for writing this year. It was wonderful getting to know you a bit, and I wish you all the best as you transition to hospitalist PA–you’ll be amazing!

  12. Lauren, thank you for sharing your story. Congratulations on another milestone achieved! Although I’m only in my first rotation, your reflection really resonated with me. Best of luck in your future endeavors!

  13. We are so proud of you Lauren, and can’t wait to see you flourish as a practicing PA! Congratulations!

  14. David, you are extremely adept at weaving your words and descriptions into a compelling story — thank you for a peek into the world of a grad school scientist!

  15. Great Post!
    Research week just gets better and better each year- largely because of faculty, administration and student leaders who are passionate about sharing science! Thanks!

  16. Outstanding and inspirational!

  17. So proud of you, Lauren. What a lovely reflection on your training and profession.

  18. Congratulations on being selected to present at this conference, Lauren. We are proud of you!

  19. What an awesome accomplishment, Lauren! Congratulations!

  20. What a wonderful experience for you, the good and the bad. I think travel, especially in terms of helping people can open people to so much in terms of world appreciation. We so desperately need compassionate, curious people in this world! I love, love to hear about personal experiences like this.
    As an RN, I’ve traveled to Boliva on a surgical mission and it was a great experience. I am better for it, most definitely. You are going to be the best doctor!!

  21. Interesting!

  22. Agreed. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  23. It was a pleasure to have worked with you at Authur Davisons Children Hospital, Ndola. And thank you for sharing the story.

  24. Wow! This was such an eye-opening article. Thank you for not only sharing your stories, but for being willing to leave the comforts of home to gain such valuable experience. Your patients will be lucky to have such a caring and wise doctor.

  25. Wow! This post could not be filled with more profound thoughts. They are truly inspirational. Thanks for posting this.

    “The mind is everything. What you think, you become.”

  26. What an amazing experience you had. Thank you for sharing your story and time over in Zambia! This is very inspirational!!!!

  27. I loved reading this article. Thank you for recording your experiences. It is great to know that we have student doctors like you actively learning and collaborating in the global health community.

  28. You dropped your id badge on the train. I am trying to get it to a trimet person.

  29. Inspiring for all applications of healthcare. Thank you.

  30. What an amazing story. Thank you for sharing.

  31. Very nice essay, Lauren. I am sure this was a very challenging yet moving experience; one that I am sure you will never forget!

  32. Thank you for sharing this! I am about to start PA school in another state, so this was incredibly impactful! I love the attitude of gracious, compassionate care.

  33. I am so proud to know you, and so grateful I have the rest of my life to keep learning from you. This is an amazing piece and I am very glad you shared it.

  34. What an insightful and introspective experience! Riding that rollercoaster of peaks and valleys in PA school is tough, and I’m glad you highlighted the high points.

  35. Thank you for sharing these moments of joy with me everyday!

  36. I want to be YOUR patient! So glad to hear that you are enjoying your education and learning, too. In Japan, a beginning driver (of a car) has to display a “wakaba” decal on their vehicle. I think you should wear a wakaba on your nametag, to keep in mind this youthful vigor.

  37. cool!

  38. I second Bob’s comment – WOW! So inspiring. Congratulations!


  40. Wow! Inspiring!

  41. Congratulations Cymon.


  43. I find so much hope in your post. And it is so encouraging. I am a pre med student and beginning to look at medical schools. I have a 2 year old son and have been ambushed by negativity and “you can’t be a parent and become a doctor”. I am glad to know that there are others in the same position as me and are thriving! Congratulations and good luck.

  44. I think everyone had really enjoyed the event.

  45. great article, wish I had heard about the lu’au event!

  46. I’m so sad I couldn’t make it! As a fellow Islander, this sort of effort means a lot! Kudos!

  47. Hey Adalie, I just read your article “Tiger blood” and I thought it was incredibly well written. I help run a blog at – if you would ever want to guest post just let me know! I would be more than happy to share any content that you produce in the future.

  48. Nicely said David. Students taking part in directing their own education should be part of the new model for graduate education.

  49. Excited for your defense, which I know is just around the corner! :)

  50. Timely advice David given the current state of our country.



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