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SCC Alumna Accepted to Duke Physician Assistant Program for Fall 2024

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Surry Community College alumna Giseline Martinez Ponce has been accepted to the Duke Physician Assistant Program for Fall 2024.

Martinez Ponce says she went through high school with a few challenges. Her parents were mostly Spanish speaking, never attending any schools in the United States, and her financial resources were limited. However, none of those issues stopped her from studying hard, taking extra classes and honors classes, and becoming the valedictorian of the Surry Central High School 2013 graduating class.

She says she will always remember the Surry Community College representative coming to speak with high school students to present the community college as an option for graduating seniors, and at that time, she realized SCC was a perfect fit.

Her SCC advisor helped her apply for a scholarship to attend, and the rest, as they say, is history.

At SCC, Martinez Ponce started study groups with like-minded students. Even though Calculus I was the only math requirement for her program, she took Calculus II “for fun,” and even started the Math Honor Society at SCC in 2013. She was also a member of SCC’s Alpha Xi Tau Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society. She graduated in 2015 with an Associate in Science degree, as well as a certificate in the Certified Nurse Aid (CNA) program, and then transferred to Salem College in Winston-Salem.

Martinez Ponce readily admits, “The greatest resource I had at Surry Community College was forming connections with my instructors. They knew me as a person and not just as a student. My advisor came to me to help me find scholarships and a program at Salem College. I transferred there as a junior, and the only classes I still needed to take for my four-year degree were their upper-level science courses.”

Graduating from Salem College in 2017 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, Martinez Ponce returned to SCC in 2018 to take Medical Terminology classes. She also spent time working as a Certified Nursing Assistant to get basic medical experience to allow her to apply to a Physician Assistant (PA) program. Since August 2021, she has worked as the Coordinator of Pharmacy Services at Grace Clinic of Yadkin Valley in Elkin.

After applying to Duke University School of Medicine, Martinez Ponce received the Hamilton-Carter Scholarship and has been accepted into the Duke Physician Assistant Program for classes beginning Fall 2024.

To learn more about programs and classes offered at Surry Community College, visit surry.edu, or contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or studentservices@surry.edu.

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