Quinnipiac helps student realize American dream

Don Dudutis MS '17 graduates from the Physician Assistant program and achieves his dream of donning a white coat after a journey that began 16 years ago with his departure from his native Lithuania.

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Don Dudutis MS '17 graduates from the Physician Assistant program and achieves his dream of donning a white coat after a journey that began 16 years ago with his departure from his native Lithuania.

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hen Don Dudutis MS ’17 came to the United States from Lithuania in 2001, he had two bags, a green card and was thousands of dollars in debt.

“I was determined to make this significant advancement in my life a success, and become an accomplished physician assistant,” he said. “In 2014, Quinnipiac University accepted me to its PA program to the class of 2017. Attending was one of my best decisions I have made in my life.”

He pursued a degree in health sciences as he worked as a scrub technician in hospitals and surgical centers.

“My surgical knowledge and interpersonal skills while working alongside physicians and physician assistants has allowed me to quickly absorb medical knowledge of common ailments as well as medical terminology,” Dudutis said. “The Quinnipiac PA program prepared me very well and gave us confidence to go out and start practicing medicine. The professors applied well-developed techniques for me to absorb and retain that enormous amount of medical knowledge. It is one of the best programs in the nation.”

He encourages new students not to let anything stand in the way of their dreams.

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