Student Information

Student Name

Zaneta Zachwieja




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center

Mentor(s):Ms. Barbara Schwerin-Bohus

Topic of Internship

Speech Pathology

Background Information

Hackensack University Medical Center was Bergen Countyís first hospital with originally only 12 beds when it was founded 1888. Since then, 763 beds and a wide range of services have been added. Now, the vision of Hackensack UMC is to lead the pursuit of excellence in research to meet patientsí needs. More than 7,600 workers run the hospital daily with more than 1,600 volunteers, who contribute to 200,000 hours annually. The Center also has a partnership with Hackensack University Health Network, the largest healthcare system in northern New Jersey. Therefore, the medical center is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in New Jersey and has earned numerous awards for their service that stems from the dedicated doctors who work together to provide the best healthcare possible. Awards include a record in U.S. News & World Reportís 2013-14 Best Hospitals, a rank as the number one hospital in New Jersey, and the third Best Hospital in the New York metro area. The hospital staff continues to grow as the ambition for exquisite healthcare strengthens.

Summary of Internship

As an intern in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Hackensack University Medical Center, I spend most of my time observing my mentor and the other staff from the department in the field of speech pathology. I have the opportunity to view Acute Care and Outpatient Speech Therapy Services in various areas. Besides observing, I participate in the set-up of studies or services, such as preparing various liquid and solid consistencies with nectar and honey barium liquid and paste for Modified Barium Swallow Studies in Radiology. Additionally, I assist speech pathologists with therapy and I interact with patients and interdisciplinary staff. I understand that each patient has their own unique case that contributes to the process of meeting the patientsí needs. Although the Speech Therapy Division is busy, the staff is always open to answering my questions and teaching me something new each week. Through this experience, I have gained a bigger understanding of the work speech pathologists do and experienced an occupation in a hospital setting.

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