Student Information

Student Name

Rebecca Atencio




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center

Mentor(s):Ms. Cathy Dipasquale, Joan Monaghan

Topic of Internship


Background Information

The John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC), which is part of the Hackensack University Medical Center, is one of the largest cancer centers in the nation. HUMC was founded in 1888 as one of the first hospitals in Bergen County, with over 1,600 volunteers and over 7,200 employees. JTCC, a top 50 U.S News and World Report Best Hospitals for cancer, was named in honor of John Theurer. It is located in Hackensack, N.J. and consists of five floors, covering about 155,000 square feet. The Cancer Center is an outpatient service and includes diagnostic facilities, chemotherapy preparation and infusion areas, pharmacy and laboratory resources, and a full spectrum of radiation oncology services. There are 14 specialized divisions, ranging from Breast Oncology to Urological Oncology. Each division has a team of physicians, technologists, and support staff who work to help the patients cope with cancer.

Summary of Internship

As an intern at JTCC, I was able to see how different departments in a hospital have to work together in order to function correctly. I had the opportunity to volunteer in different departments of the hospital such as the Pharmacy Department and the Research Department. I have also had the opportunity to meet doctors, nurses, and A.P.Ns, who introduce me into their field of study. They sometimes allow me to go into the patientís room as they consult the patients. I was able to learn a lot about the different methods of treatment for cancer, and was able to see radiation therapy equipment. At around 11:30, I prepare and serve lunch to cancer patients on the 2nd floor and sometimes other floors. By serving lunch to cancer patients every Thursday, I am always interacting with new people. One of the perks of going to JTCC is that every Thursday I was able to get $7 for free lunch. Overall, my internship provided me with a preview of the medical field and has galvanized me into considering a career in oncology.

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