Company/Organization: Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
Topic of Internship
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center officially opened its doors on June 14, 1890 with the facilities to only treat 12 patients. Now the non-profit, non-sectarian voluntary health care facility treats hundreds of patients and is devoted to "the care, maintenance and cure of the sick, the injured and the infirm." It is distinguished for its bloodless medicine and surgery program, cardiac and vascular programs and its leadership in breast care, oncology and joint replacement services. Through its association with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Mount Sinai Consortium for Graduate Medical Education, this thriving, acute-care and community teaching hospital trains medical residents in a variety of didactic ways. At EHMC, it is evident that each employee is devoted to the work they do every day.
Summary of Internship
During this past school year, I spent my Thursdays in the operation rooms of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center as I studied and observed various surgeries. The majority of my Thursdays were spent shadowing the four neurosurgeons of EHMC, Dr. Moore, Dr. Steinberger, Dr. Arginteanu, and Dr. Yao. These brilliant surgeons are partners who own the Metropolitan Neurosurgery Associates and I had the wonderful opportunity to observe the neurosurgeries they performed. Each Thursday morning, I take the elevator to the second floor where I would change into scrub attire before checking the board to see what surgeries were scheduled to be performed that day. After telling the OR Front Desk secretary the surgery I had chosen to observe, she will call the nurses in the room to tell them that I would be coming in. I will then spend the rest of my internship day with the neurosurgeons as they teach and explain their surgical procedures.
This experience has taught me a variety of invaluable lessons that I am truly grateful for. To start off, experiencing what it was like to work in the operation rooms really opened my eyes to how the professional health care field is like. The time I spent with the neurosurgeons provided me with the best medical lessons I could have ever asked for as a high school senior who adores the medical field. I witnessed brain tumors being removed, cranioplasties, lumbar decompression fusions and other such surgeries which have taught me about the anatomy of the human body, surgical procedures, medical technology and a lot more. The more time I spent in the operation room, the more comfortable I felt in the hospital working environment and I have been able to build healthy relationships with the medical professionals I have interacted with. I feel incredibly blessed to have been given this valuable opportunity that has forever changed the path of my future career.
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