North Carolina PAs leading the way.
Meg Leddy, PA-C, is the Chair of the NCAPA Health Committee. She grew up in Acton, Massachusetts, about 40 minutes outside of Boston. Meg attended the University of Vermont for undergrad, majoring in Nutritional Science with a minor in Athletic Training. She graduated in 1999 and became a Certified Athletic Trainer. One of Meg’s mentors from college, who was also an athletic trainer, told Meg she should look into the PA profession, as she thought it would be a good fit. The idea stuck with Meg and, after practicing for just over four years as an ATC, she decided to pursue becoming a PA. She attended the Yale University PA program and graduated in 2005.
Meg first worked as a PA in Vero Beach, Florida, for nine years prior to moving to North Carolina. She had worked in surgical subspecialties since graduation and moved to NC in the summer of 2014 when she accepted a position at Duke. Once she felt settled in her new role and had space and time to get involved, Meg joined NCAPA. She had a desire “to make a difference in the health and wellbeing of the membership” due to her personal experience suffering from severe burnout, so she joined the Health Committee and soon became Chair. Meg shares that she “really had no idea how much the NCAPA does regarding legislation, CME offerings, and for their membership to improve the lives of PAs in NC.”
Meg hopes that through the dedication of NCAPA and PAs throughout NC that PAs can “continue to practice at the top of our scope as part of a medical team to give patients the best care possible.” She personally loves “the mix of independent practice and being part of a team,” and shares, “I love constantly learning. I literally learn something new every day.”
Meg currently works in Melanoma Surgery at the Duke Cancer Center and lives with her family in Cary, NC. She loves to ski, spend time with her family, and really wishes she could sing, sharing, “I am completely tone deaf. (That does not stop me from singing in my car.)”
Meg has developed a podcast about what she has learned around medical burnout and “how to live a more abundant and fulfilled life.” It is available on Spotify, Apple, and Google. People can also access it from her website, www.megleddy.com. She also occasionally posts on social media with articles about burnout and wellness. To follow Meg:
Instagram: @megleddy923 | Facebook: @megleddy23 | Twitter: @megleddy923 | YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC_qfXUJzDOs9ePks9QV1dMQ