Student Information

Student Name

Amina Wangongo




Internship Information

Company/Organization: HUMC – Tomorrow’s Children’s Institute Research De

Mentor(s):Cheryl Falls

Topic of Internship

Pediatric Oncology Research

Background Information

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

Being an intern at the Tomorrow’s Children’s Institute Research Department, I have learned much about the hard work, diligence, and motivation which goes into pediatric oncology and hematology research. A few of my tasks include regulatory and patient filing for the BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant) office as well as the research office, faxing and making copies of medical records and documents, and shadowing the BMT doctors and nurses. Some may view my everyday tasks such as filing, menial and irrelevant, but these tasks help towards finding a cure for different type of cancers and blood diseases. Not only have I learned the basics of what goes into research here at the Tomorrow’s Children’s Institute, but I have also learned about the many different studies which are conducted daily. My internship has given me the opportunity to see behind the scenes as well as the hands on element of the research department. Being able to shadow the BMT doctors and nurses, I was able to see patients and learn more about the clinical trials and studies which are conducted every day at the TCI.

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