Company/Organization: Pediatric Center for Heart Disease- HackensackUMC
Mentor(s):Dr. George Kipel
Topic of Internship
The Pediatric Center for Heart Disease, located in Hackensack, New Jersey, is an outpatient service provided by and affiliated with Hackensack University Medical Center. The clinic employs six highly skilled and motivated doctors in this field of study. The Pediatric Center for Heart Disease provides individual care and treatment to patients diagnosed with cardiac anomalies such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). This clinic is the first to scan and screen patients for HCM.
Summary of Internship
Being an intern at the Pediatric Center for Heart Disease with my mentor Dr. George Kipel, has proved to single-handedly be one of the most important and knowledgeable experiences I have encountered. Every Thursday, I would shadow Dr. Kipel who would allow me to consult all his patients with him. We would review the case before visiting the patient so I would have a general brief of what the patient was diagnosed with and what the treatment options were. Every week Dr. Kipel assigned me a research topic that dealt with a case we had seen that day. This type of teaching method allowed me to do my own research and then share all my information with Dr. K the following week. Furthermore, Dr. K exposed to research by allowing me to work on my own research paper on Janetís Law under his guidance; a paper that we hope to publish. Aside from the clinic, he would often take me to NICU and the PICU to visit patients and check on their cardiac status. Often times, I would also consult with Dr. Barry Love who is an expert in the field of biomedical engineering working alongside pacemakers and other technological equipment in the field of medicine. By attending the Pediatric Center for Heart Disease, not only have I met new doctors but I have consumed a great deal of knowledge expanding from clinical care to technology; it was a true pleasure.
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