Total joint replacement (adult reconstructive surgery of the hip and knee)
BS, Physical Therapy, Boston University, 1979
BHS, Physician Assistant, Duke University, 1985
MHS, Duke University, 1991
Hip and knee osteoarthritis, management of hip and knee arthritis
Diane Beal Covington, MHS, PA-C, discusses her role as a Duke orthopaedic physician assistant in this Q&A session.
Why did you choose to practice orthopaedic medicine?
My grandmother, with whom I was very close, had severe rheumatoid arthritis. Watching her endure pain and physical limitations made me want to be in a position to have a positive impact on those with musculoskeletal problems.
Why did you choose to work at Duke?
While working at a major teaching hospital in Boston, I heard many great things about Duke Medicine, which is why I chose the Duke PA program to continue my education.
Once being on the campus and having the opportunity to interact with Duke physicians, I recognized the impressive teamwork among the medical staff.
What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Witnessing a patient as they recover from a complex surgery and return to an active lifestyle, hearing a patient say "thank you," and having the opportunity to help.