Company/Organization: Columbia University Medical Center
Mentor(s):JM, Jocelyn, Saqib, Ashley, Dr, Song, Dr. Francis
Topic of Internship
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is a research facility located on 168th street, New York City where the greatest medical minds of NYC gather together. Within the CUMC campus, is Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, College of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Mailman School of Public Health. CUMC was the very first academic medical center constructed as both a medical school and a hospital. CUMC merged with its neighbor hospital the New York Presbyterian Hospital to expand its medical capabilities and reach. There is a wild variety of different research that takes place in CUMC, especially within the Orthopaedic Research department, located in the Physicians and Surgeons building. All the lab members researching here mostly work independently, yet however always cooperate, assist one another, and collaborate as a fluid team instantaneously.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday I take the NJ Transit train to New York City to participate in the activities of the Orthopaedic research lab. Due to the overlapping nature of research that is ongoing in the lab, I have the advantage of shadowing multiple mentors who work on different aspects of the same basic science questions. As a result, I learn on a varied magnitude as every mentor has their own experiments and responsibilities. On most days I follow JM as he studies osteoarthritis, Jocelyn as she stains samples using immunohistochemistry and Dr. Song as he does Western protein blot tests. As I observe each mentor, every mentor takes the time and patience to explain every step along the way and answer any question I ask. I have been given the opportunity to create chemical solutions and buffer. I learned so much regarding lab safety protocols, handling responsibilities, lab knowledge, and working in a professional environment. I look forward to every Thursday and consider myself blessed to have met such a passionate, eccentric group of individuals in the lab.
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