Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center
Mentor(s):Jincy Abraham, Ramiro Ramos, Jordia Foster
Topic of Internship
Pharmacy, Non-Invasive Cardiology
HUMC is a non-profit research and teaching hospital located in Hackensack, Bergen County, New Jersey. It provides tertiary and healthcare for northern New Jersey and New York metropolitan area. The medical center was founded in 1888 as Bergen County’s first hospital with initially holding a limited 12 beds. Since then it has become the largest hospital to provide inpatient and outpatient services and the fourth largest hospital in the nation based on admissions. Furthermore, it has the largest work force in Bergen County with its 9,000 employees and annual budget of $ 1 billion.
Summary of Internship
My internship rotates between Pharmacy, Non-Invasive Cardiology and Nursing, however, it it primarily dealt with the Pharmacy department. After signing in with the volunteer office, I would make my way down to the Pharmacy unit where I reported to my mentor. Each week, the tasks would vary depending on the level of preoccupation by the staff. In the very beginning, I was able to walk around with a Floor Technician to observe how they replenish drugs on each floor and unit. Then, I was introduced to certain technicians within the main Pharmacy who taught me how to create unit doses and familiarize myself with the process of distributing drugs through machine network. Certain days, I would begin by restocking a drug dispenser by scanning the drugs to make sure they were the proper drug that needed to be put in a certain bin. Once in a while, my mentor would bring myself and other students to shadow her as she made her rounds throughout the hospital and allow us to sit through meetings. Once transferred to Non-Invasive, I was able to help the unit with organizing clerical work while waiting for patient appointments. With the patients consent, I was able to shadow the doctors as they performed tests such as TEEs.
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