Student Information

Student Name

Serena Siu




Internship Information

Company/Organization: The Valley Hospital

Mentor(s):Katie Maraventano

Topic of Internship

Cardiac Surgery/Emergency Department

Background Information

Part of the Valley Health System, the Valley Hospital is a fully-accredited, acute care, not-for-profit hospital serving more than 440,000 people in 32 towns in Bergen County and adjoining communities. As a not-for-profit hospital, Valley is committed to giving back to the community. It serves the community by providing excellent medical care, healthcare education and screenings, and support groups and classes to all patients. The Valley Hospital is proud of its history of quality patient care and community service and the mission statement is SERVE, which stands for Service, Excellence, Value, Respect, and Ethics. The Valley Hospital has been recognized nine consecutive times for service excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distinguished Hospital Program, and has recently been recognized for being one of America’s Best Hospitals for Cardiac Surgery and Orthopedic Surgery.

Summary of Internship

Each Thursday, I am given the opportunity to step out of the classroom and into a professional work setting, where I gain experience and knowledge into the medical field. In my first rotation at the Cardiac Surgery 2A unit, I was able to observe several procedures, shadow nurses and doctors, and talk to patients. At 2A, I learned about the importance of communication between the patients, nurses, and doctors. Our unit worked closely with Cardiac Rehabilitation and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, so I was able to visit and observe nurses and nurse practitioners outside of my assigned unit. By far, my most fascinating experience was watching an open heart surgery, something I had looked forward to for months. I shadowed Dr. Jason Sperling, who was performing a triple bypass that morning. In this unit, my tasks differed each week, but it was always something new and exciting. For my second rotation, I am in the main Emergency Department of the hospital. Here, I shadow one doctor all day, watching as he/she examines and diagnoses the patients, some of which presented to the ED with incredible cases. I have shadowed Dr. Mark Vogel, Dr. Evangelia Tsomos, Dr. Joseph Yallowitz, and Dr. Siddarth Sharma so far. With this one-on-one arrangement, I am able to ask more questions and learn a lot about each of the patients and their different conditions. I am even able to take notes so I can retain the knowledge that I gain each week. Interning at Valley has left me with a great deal of knowledge as well as determination to pursue becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.

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