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How to Apply

Prerequisites

Applicants must have:

  • Graduated from a PA training program approved by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
  • Passed or be eligible to take the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) certification examination

Class of 2019-2020 Application Timeline

  • January 6 – Program applications are accepted
  • March 2 – Application deadline
  • March/April – Interviews will be conducted
  • September 1 – Program start date

Application Requirements

A complete application includes the following (do not staple together):

  • Application (Word document)
  • Official transcripts from any college(s) and the PA school you attended
  • Copies of BLS and ACLS certification cards
  • A one-page typewritten narrative stating why you are interested in the Duke University PA Surgical Residency Program
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (including one from your PA Program)** 
  • Official NCCPA exam scores (if certified); certification before August 31 is mandatory
  • A signed copy of the authorization agreement
  • The application fee of $25, made payable to Duke University

** Letters of Recommendation may be mailed directly to the address below or emailed to Lee Hines at lee.hines@duke.edu

Program admission is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of an employee health screening and the Duke University Hospital credentialing process.

Please mail all application materials and forms—in one envelope and without staples—to the following address:

Lee Hines
Duke University Medicine Center
Regular Mail: Box 2834
Courier Mail: Room M114, Green Zone
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Email: lee.hines@duke.edu

E-mail notification will be sent to you upon receipt of your completed application.

Transcripts

Please request that official, sealed transcripts be sent to you from your PA program and all colleges and universities that you have attended. Do not open the sealed envelopes.

A small number of colleges/universities will not issue official, sealed transcripts to students or graduates. If that is the case, we will accept an official transcript from that school, sent directly to us at:

Regular Mail

Lee Hines
Duke University Medicine Center
Box 2834
Durham, North Carolina 27710

Overnight/Fed Ex

Lee Hines
Duke University Medicine Center
Regular Mail: Box 2834
Courier Mail: Room M114, Green Zone
Durham, North Carolina 27710

Interview

Applicants will be invited for a personal interview based on evidence of academic achievement, interpersonal skills, motivation, personal maturity, enthusiasm, and a strong desire for further development of their surgical skills and knowledge.

Notification

All candidates will be notified in writing of the admission committee's decision.

Candidates who have been interviewed are notified of the admission committee's decision as early as 10 days following interview and no later than June 1.

Candidates may confirm their place in the class by submission of the PA Residency Employment Agreement.

A ranked alternate list will be maintained for those candidates who have been interviewed for a position in the class. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the program start date, the position will be offered to the highest ranked candidate on the alternate list.

Contact

Inquiries regarding admissions or the application process should be directed to:

Lee Hines
Duke University Medicine Center
Regular Mail: Box 2834
Courier Mail: Room M114, Green Zone
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Email: lee.hines@duke.edu

Inquiries regarding the clinical structure of the program should be directed to the Program Director:

Senthil Radhakrishnan, PA-C at  Email: senthil.radhakrishnan@duke.edu