Company/Organization: New York Presbyterian/Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and State
Mentor(s):Dr. Warren D. Widmann
Topic of Internship
Medical - Surgery
The 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 and third year medical students. A major international and regional referral center, the hospital is considered among the best in the world and is currently ranked 6th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Staten Island University Hospital is a specialized teaching hospital located in New York City's 5th and fastest-growing borough. The hospital occupies two large campuses, plus a number of community-based health centers and labs, the hospital provides quality care to the people of Staten Island, the New York metropolitan region, and to patients from around the world.
Summary of Internship
Although I am a high school intern, I was lucky enough to have access and exposure to the many different aspects of the two hospitals I worked in. During the first half of the year I spent a lot of time in Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. During my time at the College I had access to the hospital’s 7th floor, college level anatomy courses, and the actual anatomy lab. The highlight of interning in Columbia’s College of Physicians and Surgeons was learning the actual anatomy of the human body and then spending time in the anatomy lab where I got a firsthand experience of the lessons I learned. I was able to spend time with medical students who were dissecting cadavers and understanding the anatomy and physiology of the human body.
The second half of the year was spent at Staten Island University Hospital. In the hospital I attended weekly conferences that were dedicated primarily to intellectuals within the medical field. I had access to sessions for residents, as well as third year medical students. One of the most exciting portions of my internship was having access to the operating room and watching different procedures. Through this internship I gained the experience and learned the truth of what it takes to survive through medical school and become an active member of surgery and other health related professions.
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