Student Information

Student Name

Jennie De Castro




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Beth Israel Medical Center

Mentor(s):Howard Guia, Nurse Practitioner

Topic of Internship

Medicine: Cardiac Surgery

Background Information

Beth Israel Medical Center is a teaching hospital located in New York City. It is a member of the Continuum Health Partners, a non-profit hospital system. Founded in 1890, Beth Israel was originally established in order to serve New York's Jewish immigrants. Over a century later, this hospital has flourished into a well-respected place that is dedicated to patients of all backgrounds. What started as a mere 20 bed hospital has become a 1,368 bed, fill service tertiary teaching hospital. Keeping up with its high reputation as a teaching hospital, Beth Israel serves not only as the University Hospital and Manhattan Campus for the Albert einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, but also as the teaching hospital of St. George's University and the Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing.

Summary of Internship

After being accepted as an intern, I was prepared to be told not to touch anything since I was unlicensed and underage. However, despite that deterrence, this place truly lived up to its reputation as a teaching hospital. As expected, I went on two sets of rounds: one set in the Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU) and one set in the Cardiac Step Down Unit. My mentor, Howard Guia, always made an effort to keep me in the loop with the patients since I only saw them once a week. After spending the morning with Howard, I headed down to the OR to watch surgeries, and the Chief of Surgery would always be kind and patient with me in keeping me informed. I stood right at the head of the patient with the anesthesiologists and sometimes even leaned over the surgeons' shoulders. Watching open heart surgery creates such a rush of excitement that cannot be put into words. Being included in both during and after surgeries has created an amazing learning experience that I will never forget.

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