Student Information

Student Name

Maria Djogova




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center

Mentor(s):Dr. Morris Bellifemine

Topic of Internship

Intensive Care Unit & Emergency Department

Background Information

Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center is a 230-bed hospital in Secaucus, NJ. As an acute care facility, the hospital is renowned for its quality care and compassionate, experienced administration, physicians, nurses, and support staff who all treat patients like family. While being under new ownership since 2010, investments were made to upgrade the facility to provide patients with comfortable surroundings and the most-up-to-date clinical care. The Meadowlands Hospital Emergency Room policy is that patients will see a nurse within five minutes of arrival as well as an examination by a board-certified emergency room physician within fifteen minutes. The Meadowlands Hospital is also certified by the American College of Radiology for having top ratings in Ultrasound, CT, MRI, and Mammography. Above all, the hospital is commended for its outstanding patient reviews, which emphasize remarkable care from a community-focused staff.

Summary of Internship

I was able to have a well-rounded experience in terms of a clinical environment because I have been shadowing Dr. Bellifemine, Meadowlands Hospitalís Chief Pulmonologist. I also observed the attending physician and nurses at the Meadowlands Hospitalís Emergency Department. With Dr. Bellifemine, I witnessed numerous severe and life-threatening cases involving COPD and Pulmonary Fibrosis; additionally, I was introduced to other departments such as Cardiology, Pathology, Orthopedic Surgery, and General Surgery where consultations occur on a patient's condition. I also visited Dr. Bellifemineís private office where I was exposed to the family doctor environment of more mild illnesses such as the flu or bronchitis. The most fast-paced part of my internship would be the Emergency Department where there was always diversity in cases ranging from a broken leg to sudden cardiac arrest. I found the bustling environment of medical technicians, nurses, and doctors to be exhilarating. The department may not have been always busy, but it was the staff that made my experience enjoyable. I've discovered that variety in my future opportunities is key to paving a path in medicine.

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