Company/Organization: Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Topic of Internship
Courtesy-Desk, Mother-Baby Unit, Neonatal Intensiv
Englewood Hospital opened its doors on June 14, 1890 as a non-profit, non-sectarian voluntary health care facility that is devoted to “the care, maintenance and cure of the sick, the injured and the infirm.” Throughout the years, the hospital has grown and is now affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, thus training students of different medical disciplines. Englewood Hospital operates with its vision statement in mind which says that the hospital will be “the regional leader in providing state-of-the-art, compassionate care in a humanistic environment.”
Summary of Internship
The first half of the year, my position in the hospital involved me working out of the hospital’s Courtesy Desk during the morning: headquarters from which volunteers are sent out to help run errands throughout the hospital. Tasks done here include discharging patients, bringing medical charts from nursing units to Medical Records (and vice versa), and even transporting blood bags from the Blood Bank to nursing units. In the afternoon, I would spend my time in the hospital’s Mother-Baby Unit where I help nurses tend to new mothers. The second half of the year, my position in the hospital involves me spending my Thursdays in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where I help the nurses attend to newborns in need of special care. Occasionally, I have the opportunity to shadow doctors, listen in as doctors make their rounds, and see procedures pertaining to this particular field of medicine (i.e. Caesarian-Sections).
For a student passionate about a career in medicine and with a particular interest in obstetrics and neonatal care, this internship is definitely a beneficial one. As an intern here, I have learned what it takes to allow a hospital to run smoothly from day-to-day thanks to my time at the Courtesy Desk. Also, my particular fascination in the field of obstetrics and neonatal care has been furthered given the experiences I have had in both the Mother-Baby Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
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