Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center
Mentor(s):Dr. Gary Munk
Topic of Internship
Nominated for “Best National Hospitals” by US News, the hospital started out in 1885 with just 12 beds. HUMC was the first hospital in Bergen County. Since then it has grown immensely as one of the largest medical institutions in the New Jersey. It currently houses 900 beds and is a non-profit, research organization that is only 7 miles from NYC. It serves as a hub for nearly all medical research and advances. The facilities are top of the line and provide comfort and proper care for the patient. It is considered the fourth busiest hospital in the nation based on the patient count per year. The institution is partnered with the medical school of Rutgers University and also has plans to open a new medical school partnered with Seton Hall University in 2017. The hospital is a research hospital, which means that not only patient care is being taken care of. Many pressing issues involving a ranging number of fields, which are trying to be solved by many young and elderly scholars in the research wings of the hospital. HUMC has 1400 physicians including the subdivisions like the dental offices. Since February of 2011 Becker’s Hospital Review has considered the hospital in the top 50 best medical institutions in the country
Summary of Internship
As an intern under Dr. Gary Munk in the Virology department of Hackensack University Medical Center I have had the unique opportunity learn not only about the lab but also about the entire hospital. First off Dr. Munk is a Cornell and NYU graduate. Dr. Munk has made some significant progress in being one of the first to publish a medical paper on HIV. He spent a number of years overseas studying the then new HIV virus and was able to collaborate and complete a research paper revealing some light on HIV. He has also perused the idea of virus travel between animals and humans. He now is in charge of the virology department where he takes his diverse experience and knowledge into teaching the next generation of hospital workers. He is a very kind and approachable mentor who exceeds the normal expectations. Normally Dr. Munk gives a tour of his secluded lab and all the equipment. Every week when attending internship he believes that every student should receive some "face-time" and so he is very engaged in the learning as well.
I learned all the lab rules first since that poses the most danger to the health of yourself and the lab technicians. This internship requires full attention and delivers a new lesson to the intern every week. While in the lab you learn about the various types of viruses they test and how they test for them. Some of the viruses which are handled are VZV, CMV, Herpes, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Measles, Mumps, Flu, HIV and in special cases Ebola and MERS. Dr. Munk and his team work well to teach interns all about what they do. You will know what everything does in the lab and how it works as well. Not only is this internship concerned with virology but also helps the student get a chance to see the bigger picture. Dr. Munk always takes me with him to subcommittee meetings to see how the rest of the hospital is run and how the virology lab fits into the picture. Meetings like the monthy Bio-Ethics Committee consist of ethical issues that concern the hospital. The meetings not only give the student structure to a well-mannered meeting but also give them valuable lessons when paying attention. The internship has many benefitting opportunities for the student to learn about anything in the virology field and about the hospital. I would certainly recommend the internship to anyone who is willing to actually learning something and gaining hands on experience
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