Student Information

Student Name

Melissa Romano




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack Pediatrics

Mentor(s):Mohamed A. Tantawi, M.D. (Dr. Mo)

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Hackensack Pediatrics is located just a few minutes away from the Hackensack Hospital. It was founded by Dr. Tantawi (Mona M. Tantawi, M.D.) in 1985, and has been going strong ever since. Dr. Mona Tantawi’s son, Mohamed A. Tantawi, M.D., who is referred to as Dr. Mo by his patients completed his pediatric residency at Cornell University Medical Center and joined the practice in 2004. The practice has a total of six doctors who are the Tantawis, Dr. Azizi, Dr.Reed and Dr. Alpa. Dr. Azin Azizi completed her residency training in pediatrics at the New York Methodist Hospital and has been honored to receive the best first year resident award and the outstanding third year resident award. Dr. Jean Arlyn Banez Reed became a board certified pediatrician and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics after completing her Pediatric Residency at the University of Florida. Dr. Alpa is the newest member of Hackensack Pediatrics, having just finished her residency at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

Summary of Internship

I have had the honor of shadowing Dr. Mohamed Tantawi, who is respectfully known as Dr. Mo. His day includes seeing sick patients as well as healthy patients who come in for routine checkups, physicals, updated shots and sick visits. From being able to observe appointments I have learned a lot about the professional relationship between doctor and patient and how Dr. Mo interacts with the patients and their parents based on their personalities. As an intern I have had the opportunity to prepare strep tests on my own which has given me the chance of a hands on experience. With Dr. Mo’s patience I have been able to learn a lot from him and each patient is a learning experience for me. I enjoy the welcoming atmosphere and the chance to constantly learn new things.

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