Student Information

Student Name

Bijal Contractor





Internship Information

Company/Organization: Valley Hospital

Mentor(s):Margaret Robinson, Joan McGowan

Topic of Internship

In Vitro Fertilization

Background Information

The Valley Health System consists of more than just the hospital. It also consists of Valley Home Care and the Valley Health Medical Group, as well as the Valley Hospital. Valley’s staff includes approximately eight hundred physicians and nearly four thousand volunteers. Currently, Valley Hospital is the second busiest hospital in New Jersey. The hospital aims to provide high-quality healthcare while maintaining an affordable cost for all its patients. In 2003 and 2005, Valley Hospital was recognized for its excellent service by J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program SM. The hospital was the first in the tri-state area to receive this recognition. Furthermore, Valley Hospital’s nurses were awarded the Magnet Award for nursing excellence.

Summary of Internship

At the In-Vitro Fertilization Center, I learned about the opportunities couples have to conceive a child, especially in difficult situations. While at the Fertilization Center, I had the chance to aid and assist many sub-departments within the center. The sub-departments I assisted and observed included different laboratories, the receptionist department, the billing department, etc. My tasks included more than the typical filing and running errands. For instance, in one of the labs, I was allowed to observe and help run tests on blood and semen samples. I tried to help whenever I could, offering a hand to whomever needed it or whenever it was asked of me. Being someone who wants to enter the field of medicine, specifically the neonatal and obstetrics fields, I gained better exposure to more than what is seen in the just the doctor’s office.

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