Student Information

Student Name

Loribel Vargas



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Internship Information

Company/Organization: Neurological Institute of New York @ CUMC

Mentor(s):Ellyn Leighton / Madeleine Gordillo

Topic of Internship

Stroke Division

Background Information

The stroke division at the Neurological Institute has been running for 32 years. It is run by Dr. Randolph S. Marshall. The division has over 8 neurologists, 2 neuropsychologists, and a lot of technicians and researchers. The mission of the Stroke Division is to help treat and prevent stroked which can lead to disability for life. There are various programs that run throughout the division that focus on prevention, treatment, and diagnosing.

Summary of Internship

I usually start out my internship by getting up at 8. I get ready make make sure I'm out the door just in time to make it by 9:30. Sometimes you never know though because it's in New York and traffic in the bridge is unpredictable. I dress office casual when I go to internship; nothing too fancy but also not in sweats. My internship focuses more on preventative research for stroke. I focused on two main research projects for most of the year: the Hip Hop Stroke program and the TASHE program. For the Hip Hop program I make pre-test, post-test, and delayed post-test phone calls to parents to measure their knowledge of stroke and to see how they have retained the information of a 3 month period. I was also able to participate in the programs for Hip Hop Stroke. So we would visit a school for a 3-day period, I only went one which was on Thursday. Thursday is always the second day of the program. And we visit a poor area in the city, usually an area in the south Bronx or in Jamaica, Queens. We go there and teach elementary school kids about healthy choices and about the signs of a stroke and we ask them to convey that information they learned with their parents. The program is really fun because we use hip hop music and rap to help the kids learn the information. The TASHE program consists of going to churches on Sunday and offering older church members to get their blood pressure checked and asking them to participate in our program. The point of TASHE is to use modern ways of conveying information to see if people learn easier that way. So one church will receive conventional prevention tools such as pamphlets on stroke and another will receive more modern prevention tools such as DVDs that demonstrate a stroke situation in common people's lives. For the TASHE program I usually make the packets that contain the prevention methods and make data entry for the participants. Besides this I make copies, update documents, and and anything else I can to help out my mentor Ellyn. I really enjoyed the experience and being a part of a professional setting.

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