Student Information

Student Name

Theodore Drashansky





Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center

Mentor(s):Dr. Gary Munk

Topic of Internship

Virology Department

Background Information

The Hackensack University Medical Center is one the best hospitals in the tri-state area and the country. It has been continually recognized for its achievement by the nation. It was founded in 1888 with 12 beds and as Bergen County's first hospital, now it is the primary healthcare center for Bergen County citizens. HUMC is this county’s largest employer with more than 7,200 employees and an annual budget of about one billion dollars. There are more than 1,400 physicians and dentists on the medical and dental staff which represent the full spectrum of specialties and subspecialties. Also, there are many volunteers that give a total of two hundred thousand hours per year.

Summary of Internship

The Clinical Virology Laboratory Service is a proven valuable learning platform. This rotation involves informative and hands on experiences with the helpful guidance of Dr. Munk, Director, and his entire dedicated staff. Some of the activities performed during this internship include technical, clerical and administrative functions, all aimed at the patient focused care and virologic detection surveillance and reporting to national and international agencies. In the Virology Department, a high school intern is likely to expect a great experience. You will be under the guidance of the entire team that runs tests on the blood and sends results from the lab. Dr. Munk is the head doctor who spends time to teach you information on certain viruses; my focus was Influenza. Also, the intern is likely to help file, help technologists with tests, collect specimens and observe the technologists. The lab team consists of about five people, but they have rotations throughout the week, so the intern may not see the same people every Thursday. This all culminates to give the student a wonderful learning experience which will be memorable. In the end, the high school senior will also make friends and have many mentors for the rest of his or her life.

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