Company/Organization: New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Mentor(s):Dr. Susan C. Pannullo, MD Director of Neurosurgica
Topic of Internship
Neurosurgery and Neuro-Oncology
Weill-Cornell Medical Center, founded in 1898, is a private teaching hospital located in New York City. This medical center is also part of the New York Presbyterian Hospital system that spans across the New York area and is affiliated with Cornell University's Weill-Cornell Medical College. With over 180 departments and programs within the facility, Weill-Cornell Medical Center is committed to excellence in patient healthcare, extensive medical research, and education. The Brain and Spine Center at Weill Cornell is an excellent provider of treatment for neurological diseases in both adults and children. Overall, highly experienced and dedicated physicians, surgeons, and other specialists provide integrated and compassionate care for each patient's particular diagnosis and needs.
Summary of Internship
As an intern in the Neuro-Oncology division of the Brain and Spine Center at WCMC I have gained a well-rounded experience of the clinical environment. I have been exposed to a variety of medical settings ranging from the clinic to other departments within the hospital such as the radiation center. At internship I shadow Dr. Pannullo and her nurse practitioner, Kristen Floersheimer as they conduct routine check-ups and discuss treatment planning with patients. I also observe Non-Invasive Stereotactic Radiosurgeries at Stitch Radiation Center, hand-out patient instructions and scan CDs, view MRI scans and attend Brain and Spine Tumor Board Meetings where I gained exposure to various neurological diseases, treatments and clinical trials. I even had the opportunity to attend a medical conference at Weill Cornell Medical College on Neuro-psychotherapy. I also shadow Dr. Julia Manzerova in Radiation Oncology and have observed different oncological procedures and radiation therapies. I attend Grand Round Lectures and have gained a lot of exposure to novel therapies and research in the field of oncology. I value my internship greatly because not only have I had the opportunity to explore medicine but also to learn about patient care, interaction and communication skills that I wouldn't have covered in a classroom setting. My internship has definitely been a rewarding experience and is ideal for anyone who wants to explore the field of medicine and patient care.
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