Sidney S. Kurtz
Company/Organization: Hackensack Pediatrics
Mentor(s):Dr. Mohamed Tantawi
Topic of Internship
Hackensack Pediatrics is a private pediatric group that is well known all throughout New Jersey. Dr. Mona Tantawi, owner/ head doctor, started the practice in 1985. The practice consists of six pediatricians; one being my mentor, Dr. Mohamed Tantawi, or as his patients call him, Dr. Mo. Hackensack Pediatrics is located only a few blocks away from Hackensack Medical Center, which the practice collaborates with for newborn care. The doctors treat newborns to 26 year old patients. The pediatricians are extremely devoted and have a great passion which all patients notice.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday, I learn many new things from shadowing Dr. Mo. I am granted the opportunity to do what a medical student is allowed to do which is fascinating. I learn about different illnesses, how to conduct physical examinations, and how to diagnose patients simply by listening to his/her symptoms. I was allowed to prepare strep tests for patients that appeared to have strep, listen to a child’s heart murmur, and look at an ear infection. Most of the patients that come in are sick visits, to get their flu shot or other vaccinations, to get a physical examination, or are follow-up appointments. Dr. Mo is very patient and friendly. I always loved seeing how he interacts with his patients and the families. Many times, parents would ask for Dr. Mo’s expertise and advice on an ongoing problem at home. Pediatrics is definitely something I want to purse in the future, and I realized this through interning at Hackensack Pediatrics.
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