Mentor(s):Catherine Dipasquale, Ann Fogel
Topic of Internship
Hackensack University Medical Center is a state designated children’s hospital. It consists of the Joseph M. Sanzari Hospital, which was selected as one of the top 25 Children Hospitals in New Jersey and the entire country twice by Child Magazine. The hospital is a 300,000 square foot building that was finished in 2005. This new facility is one of the country’s first to support environmentally favorable activities within the hospital. Hackensack University Medical Center was Bergen County’s first hospital, founded in 1888, and started out with just 12 beds. Now, the facility is county’s largest employer with more than 7,200 employees and an annual budget of $1 billion. The medical center is growing quickly, as it adds an average of 100 doctors a year. Hackensack University Medical Center plans on being the largest hospital by the year 2012.
Summary of Internship
When I started my internship, I was first able to learn about the locations of different departments within the hospital. I was volunteering as a courier, delivering medical supplies, and equipment from one department to another. This was helpful in allowing me to navigate throughout the hospital with ease. After a few months, I was trained to handle young children and babies in the general pediatrics unit. Unfortunately, junior interns are not allowed to learn about the illnesses of the patients and are restricted to meet a few that are on contact isolation. However, it was enjoyable to interact with numerous children. Depending on the age or condition of the child, I was told to accompany them and do a variety of therapy. Eventually, I was given the opportunity to work with ill/premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I learned about a variety of precautions that need to be taken to handle these babies. For example, interns are not allowed to wear nail polish or perfume when holding babies in the NICU. The staff in HUMC is very supportive and enthusiastic. I had the opportunity to learn so much from them.
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