Student Information

Student Name

Carolyn Ortiz




Internship Information

Company/Organization: The Valley Hospital

Mentor(s):Joan McGowan (Margarette Robinson, Sheryl Tuttle/

Topic of Internship

Pre-pediatrics (Maternal Fetal Medicine, In Vitro

Background Information

The Valley Hospital, located in Ridgewood, New Jersey, is a fully accredited, not-for-profit hospital that is committed to serving its community quality patient care and community service. The Valley Hospital is part of the Valley Health System, along with Valley Home care and Valley Health Medical Group which aims to provide high quality health care at an affordable cost. Valley Hospital serves more than 440,000 people in 32 towns in Bergen County and adjoining communities and has a licensed capacity of 451 beds. The hospital has been recognized with awards for its excellent service such as the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital award, the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence, and it was also named the second busiest hospital in New Jersey.

Summary of Internship

Interns at the Valley Hospital are provided with an opportunity to rotate through three departments of their choice. My rotations consisted of Maternal Fetal Medicine, In Vitro Fertilization, and Mother/Baby/NICU. In these departments I receive a hands-on learning experience from nurses and doctors focusing on specific stages in obstetrics and pre-pediatrics. Students are given the opportunity to work alongside the medical staff but are also required to act as volunteers. At the Maternal Fetal Medicine department, I shadowed sonographers who taught me about the health of a pregnant woman and their baby. I also did volunteer work by filing papers and preparing new patient folders. At the In Vitro Fertilization Center, I was given the opportunity to observe procedures and sit in on patient case discussions. In the Mother/Baby/NICU, I did a lot of volunteer work by stocking and organizing supplies. I was also able to see procedures such as circumcisions and deliveries. Interning at The Valley Hospital is the ideal internship for students who wish to receive a better understanding of a specific medical career.

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