Company/Organization: New York Presbyterian/Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons
Mentor(s):Dr. Warren Widmann and Ms. Doris Leddy
Topic of Internship
New York Presbyterian Hospital is a learning hospital: it provides excellent patient care and, in conjunction with both Cornell and Columbia Universities provides an excellent place of practice for residents or third year medical students. I work on the 7th floor: this floor is dedicated to surgery patients, and thus those Columbia residential students (Milstein hospital serves Columbia University students only) who are studying as surgeons and third year med students who are testing grounds. The specific program I am involved with was developed recently (within the last decade) by my mentors (both Dr. Widmann and Ms. Leddy), and which exposes medical students to all aspects of general surgery in a better light. Since the beginning of the program, students are more likely to decide on surgery as a career – from an average of 5 students to 15. Students learn techniques specific to general surgery – suture and laparoscopic courses – and are exposed to situations third year medical students are generally not exposed to during typical med school (harvesting of kidneys, lungs, etc.).
Summary of Internship
As a high school intern, I’m not allowed access to many opportunities readily available to doctors, residents, and even third year medical students. However, I have been lucky enough (through the sway of my mentor and an incredibly nice medical staff) to see open and laparoscopic surgeries, and soon robotic, to be able to attend conferences designated to intellectuals of the medical fields, specific to surgery, to investigate and analyze the human corpus in a first year medical student anatomy lab, and to preface the lab with an in-depth discussion of the particular portion of the body that will be dissected, to be exposed to post-surgery patients and their sentimentality, and, finally, to learn what it takes to survive through medical school and as a surgeon in modern world.
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