Company/Organization: HUMC - Tomorrow's Children's Institute Research De
Mentor(s):Cheryl Falls, Clinical Research Coordinator
Topic of Internship
Pediatric Oncology Research
Founded in 1888 with twelve beds, Hackensack University Medical Center became Bergen County’s first hospital. It is now a 775-bed non-profit, research and teaching hospital, the largest provider of in and outpatient services, and the fourth largest hospital in America. This is Bergen County's largest employer with a work force of around 7,175 employees and an annual budget of $1 billion. The hospital's staff of 1,400 physicians and dentists covers the full range of medical and dental specialties and subspecialties. The Cancer Center at HUMC is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive and is among the nation's top 10.The Cancer Center's Adult Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplantation Program is one of the top eight in the United States. On February 23, 2011, Becker's Hospital Review listed Hackensack University Medical Center under the 50 Best Hospitals in America.
Summary of Internship
At Hackensack University Medical Center, I intern in the TCI, Tomorrow's Children Institute Research Department which is within the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Department. Being here has taught me so much about the inner working OF oncologists and hematologists, and bone marrow transplant doctors. For my future endeavors, I aspire to be a biologist research scientist and I feel as though I came to the right place. I feel that no other hospital, no other research department, and no other mentors would be able to give me such a great hands-on experience like the one I am having now. Of course, as an intern, there are simple courier duties that must be done but as time has elapsed, I have been entrusted with bigger tasks such as: copying medical records, faxing medical records, spear-heading projects that would benefit the doctors as well as the overall department, and mailing important specimens. Though some things have become tedious over time, such as shredding and filing, I do understand that having things in order and properly discarding important papers that are no longer needed is something that has to be done. Further I thoroughly understand and concur with the Research Office’s motto: “We don’t merely handle papers, we touch children’s lives.” I have also met some very wonderful people interning here. I have met many oncologists, hematologists, nurses, pharmacists, and social workers, who all make up the Pediatric Oncology and Hematology department. Leaving here, I take away the importance of being organized, the importance of being thorough, and the importance of communication because without the following, in a world where lives depend on your work, you will never be successful.
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