Company/Organization: NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Mentor(s):Dr. Susan C. Pannullo, MD (Director of Neuro-Oncol
Topic of Internship
The Weill Cornell Medical Center (WCMC), founded in 1898, is a private teaching hospital located in New York City. The WCMC is a part of the New York Presbyterian Hospital system and is also affiliated with Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College. The Weill Cornell medical Center is dedicated to providing quality healthcare to patients while also focusing on conducting extensive and novel medical research towards the advancement of medicine. Since WCMC has over 180 departments and programs, the institution is able to provide comprehensive treatment plans to address a wide array of patient conditions. The WCMC has an extensive Department of Neurological Surgery with acclaimed physicians and healthcare providers who strive to provide the best treatments for patients with various neurological disorders. As a subdivision within this department, the neuro-oncology branch of the Department of Neurological Surgery aims to provide world-class cancer treatments for tumors in the brain and spine. Specifically, the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center serves as one of the country’s premier providers of minimally invasive surgery for the brain and spine in adults and children. Composed of a wide range of specialist to treat a full spectrum of neurological disease, the world renowned Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center receives patients from all around the world.
Summary of Internship
As an intern under Dr. Susan C. Pannullo, Director of Neuro-Oncology and neurosurgeon, in the Department of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical Center, I am able to be exposed to not only the clinical office building setting, but also to the radiation departments within the Weill Cornell hospital. A typical day at internship would consist of shadowing Dr. Pannullo and her nurse practitioner, Kristen Floersheimer, as they would consult with brain tumor patients and devise possible treatment plans to either prevent current tumors from getting larger or to lessen the chance of tumor reoccurrence. Since Dr. Pannullo’s area of expertise involves stereotactic radiosurgery, a completely non-or-minimally invasive form of radiation therapy that focuses high-power beams of energy on a small area of the body, a typical internship day for me would be to also observe these stereotactic radiosurgery procedures in the Radiation Deparment, alongside third year radiation oncology resident, Dr. Julia Manzerova. In addition to observing patient consults and radiation treatments, I also have the privilege of attending grand rounds, where physicians and surgeons would present their clinical and academic research. Furthermore, with this internship, I am able to be exposed to medical research in the context of a clinical setting by both helping Dr. Pannullo conduct research as well as watching Dr. Pannullo run clinical trials on novel treatment methods. This internship has also allowed me to expand my experience far beyond the Neuro-Oncology Department for Dr. Pannullo gives me the opportunity to attend neurology conferences at the Weill Cornell Medical College as well as allowing me to attend Tumor Boards, weekly meetings where doctors and nurse practitioners, representing a wide array of specialties, come together and discuss tumor treatments while incorporating their different medical perspectives. Overall, the patient care experiences, clinical treatment observations, research, and academic conferences I am exposed to have allowed me to harness unparalleled medical knowledge and experience that I know will be of huge help to me as someone who wants to go into the field of medicine.
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