Company/Organization: The Valley Hospital
Topic of Internship
The Valley Hospital is a fully-accredited, acute care, not-for-profit medical center located in Ridgewood, N.J. The hospital serves more than 440,000 people in 32 towns in Northern New Jersey. As a not-for-profit hospital, Valley is committed to SERVE (Service, Excellence, Respect, Value, Ethics). Valley serves the community by providing thousands of hours of healthcare education and screenings, support groups and classes to assist those in need, and care to all those who come through their doors, regardless of their ability to pay. The Valley Hospital is proud of its history of quality patient care and community service. It is constantly receiving awards for its distinguished programs and staff such as the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program and the Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence.
Summary of Internship
Interning at the Valley Hospital was an enriching and rewarding experience. When I was given the opportunity to choose which department I wanted to intern with, I chose the Emergency Department, which has many different pods such as Minor Treatment, Pediatrics, and the main Emergency Room. Every Thursday, I shadowed one of the four doctors on call. Having the opportunity to follow a doctor allowed me to see a real work environment and see all the parts of a well-functioning department. I observed the patient/doctor interaction and I learned how to begin diagnosing and dealing with all kinds of patients. Being in a department that always has new patients arriving, I had my fair share of interesting events to witness and take part in, like a patient who attempted suicide, patient being reverted, or assisting in a thoracentesis. Some days were slow while other days were hectic, but there was always something new to learn, even if it was not about medicine. Doctors such as Dr. Becker, Dr. Propersi, and Dr. Tsomos, were very influential. At Valley, they are not only great doctors, but great teachers, as well, which allowed me to have a great internship.
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