October 26, 2022

Senthil Radhakrishnan, M.S., PA-C
Administrative Chief and Clinical Neurosurgical PA
Department of Neurosurgery
Duke University Medical Center
Durham, NC 27710

Re: Letter of Recommendation – AF

Dear Madam/Sir

It is a privilege to write a letter of recommendation for AF in support of her application to the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. I have known AF personally for the past two years as a nurse at Duke Neurosurgery.

AF works on the neurosurgical floor, taking care of patients with neurological conditions, and complex pre and postoperative neurosurgical patients. Following completion of ACLS and NIH Stroke Scale, her sound judgment and prudence earned her a promotion to step down unit to take care of high acuity neurosurgical patients.

I have known AF from her first day of orientation to the neurosurgical floor. She is always conscientious, eager to learn, motivated, reliable, and punctual. She has earned the trust of her patients and their families, residents, and the attending surgeons. She works closely with interns and surgical residents and is a valuable team member. She always maintains a professional demeanor, has a constant thirst for knowledge, and has the drive to acquire new skills.

AF has always proved her ability to multi-task, follow-through, and consistently demonstrates her strong medical knowledge, compassion for her patients, and high ethical and moral standards. She can organize, implement, and coordinate appropriate care plans for her patients. In addition, she is very caring, understanding, and helpful to her colleagues, ancillary staff, and nursing and medical students. She precepts nursing students and new nurses and is an excellent role model for them.

Working in a tertiary center with a well reputable neurosurgical unit and caring for high-acuity patients, AF has gained an immense wealth of knowledge and expertise in managing acutely ill patients. One of AF’s greatest assets is her initiative to learn and take responsibility. She can develop excellent rapport with her patients, their families, her peers, and superiors at all levels. AF has a sense of humor and deploys it appropriately and judiciously during stressful situations and when caring for sick patients to help them cope and even laugh when they are most vulnerable.

AF is an active member of the Mentor Me and Resilience Nursing Committee. As a goal-oriented, conscientious professional, I believe AF would excel in any graduate program. Her experience has helped her develop strong management abilities, excellent communication with individuals at all levels, as well as the realization of the importance of ethics, compassion, and professionalism. She is also an energetic team player with leadership qualities.

I wish her the very best. Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.


Senthil Radhakrishnan., M.S., PA-C

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