Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center
Topic of Internship
Internship Information Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center Clinical Virology Mentor(s): Dr. Munk Topic of Internship: Clinical Virology Background Information Today, Hackensack Medical Center is one of the top 50 hospitals in the United States. It was founded in 1888 with 12 beds becoming Bergen County’s first hospital. HUMC is Bergen County’s biggest employer as well as New Jersey’s largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services. The hospital offers many services to patients; one of the most important is proper nutrition. The Clinical Virology services were first erected in 1979 and are directed by Dr. Gary Munk. The laboratory also has many other partnerships with other labs and committees and thus has a wide variety of other services and responsibilities.
Summary of Internship
Summary of Internship
Each and everyday at the Hackensack University Medical Center Clinical Virology lab there is something new and exciting to observe or do. This can include, learning procedures for conducting tests, researching patients' progress or attending committee meetings. As a striving medical researcher, being in a lab setting gives the perspective of what the job would be like in a research setting. The day starts with thirty minutes of study, in which I look up trending viruses or viruses that have become humanized. Then, usually this is followed by working on my research project in which I track the progress of patients in the hospital. When I attend committee meetings with Dr. Munk, I also get a feel for what kind of things a researcher also has to think about. A researcher is rarely alone in his work, and almost always has a team to help him. Following Dr. Munk to committee meetings gives a good perspective of the common concerns in the medical field, such as the well being of the patient or the conditions of the hospital and how it may affect patients.
There is also a very important aspect of the internship which begins from the very first half hour. When I come in at 9:30AM, I begin with a thirty minute study in the Hackensack medical library. At that time we begin to truly practice researching by looking up medical news. This is usually prompted by looking for new virus outbreaks and then creating a hypothesis to later confirm or deny as an actual scientific thesis. Being an intern at the Hackensack University Medical Center's Clinical Virology is extremely valuable because of the research and observation opportunities that are always available as well as the resources provided to allow independent research.
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