Student Information

Student Name

Rawan Safwat




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Mount Sinai Hospital

Mentor(s):Dr. Janet Serle

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Originally founded in 1852 as a sectarian hospital offering free medical care to the Jews of New York City, today, Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the leading health care organizations in the world and serves patients of all faiths. What started as a tiny 45-bed facility is now a 1,171-bed hospital serving thousands in the metropolitan area. Among nearly 5,000 hospitals, it is ranked 16th nationally and is known for its excellent clinical care. In 1963, Mount Sinai chartered its own medical school, now known as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked 19th among medical schools internationally. Since the mid-1880s, the ophthalmology department has dedicated its time to providing its patients with quality eye care and improving their vision and the hospital has changed the lives of many with its research and care.

Summary of Internship

As an intern, I report to my department every Thursday and check in with Ms. Hannah Palmer-Dwore, Dr. Serle’s scribe. Each day, I stand next to Hannah as she types everything Dr. Serle does with her patients and her diagnoses. I observe the method of care Dr. Serle and get to see the laser procedures she and her fellow, Dr. K., give. After a patient leaves, I am responsible for sanitizing the equipment used, obtaining the file for the new patient, and calling them in. When Dr. Serle has to remove sutures from the eyes of a patient who had a glaucoma surgery, I am sent to retrieve the suture kit from the nurses’ station. During laser procedures, I look through a separate opening in the microscope the doctor is using, allowing me to see what the doctor sees and the effect of the laser on the patient. The staff is very welcoming of me and happily answers the questions I have. Several times, I’ve asked Dr. K questions about careers in the medical field and gone to him with all my concerns about pursuing medicine; he was very helpful and I am grateful to have someone in my internship who I can go to for advice. Overall, my internship has taught me a lot about ophthalmology and glaucoma, as well as what kind of a person I am and where I would be the happiest working in the future.

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