Anna Langley is using her South University education to care for critically ill patients at one of the most respected medical centers in the United States.
As an Advanced Practice Provider, Cardiothoracic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center, Langley monitors the condition of patients recovering from everything from heart and lung transplants to aneurysm repairs.
"I am responsible for between 8-16 patients daily on the cardiothoracic surgical service," Langley explains. "I am responsible for assessing patients, writing orders, interpreting labs/EKGs, performing minor procedures, and running codes when they occur. I round on lung transplant formal rounds, in addition to regular morning rounds with the cardiothoracic surgeons and their fellows. I also attend thoracic surgery conferences weekly."
Langley's path to employment at Duke University began after her graduation from the University of Georgia with a biological sciences degree. She knew she wanted to work in the medical field, and decided to apply to South University's competitive Master of Physician Assistant program. Langley says the quality of the faculty was one of the factors that prompted her to choose South University.
"During my [admissions] interview, I really felt like South was a place that professors were encouraging, welcoming, and helpful," said Langley. "I also was drawn to the small groups that they present. I liked the idea of having a faculty member mentor to guide a smaller group of students throughout the entire program."
Langley earned her Master of Science, Physician Assistant degree in March of 2014 - the same month she passed her board examination and accepted her position at Duke University Medical Center.
"The rigorous nature of the coursework prepared me well for the boards and the ability to be successful in my career. During clinical rotations, I was able to apply what I had learned and gain valuable patient experience that has helped me today," she explains.
Langley says the challenge of caring for critically ill patients with complicated conditions is what attracted her to the position at Duke.
"While in PA school, I enjoyed my surgery and elective rotation (cardiothoracic ICU). After those rotations, I knew I wanted to work in that particular field where patients are complex and critical.
"My goal is to gain as much experience and knowledge as possible with this amazing opportunity that I was given."
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