Student Information

Student Name

Jheanelle McFadden




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack Pediatrics

Mentor(s):Dr. Mohamed Tantawi

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Dr. Mona M. Tantawi, with over 30 years of Pediatric experience, is founder of Hackensack Pediatrics. She started the practice in 1985, and it has been running strong ever since. The office consists of five doctors all devoted to tending to the lives of their patients from infancy up until their college years (0-26). One of these five doctors is Dr. Mohamed Tantawi (a.k.a. Dr. Mo). Dr. Mo joined Hackensack Pediatrics in April of 2004. He completed his Bachelor of Science in microbiology at Haverford College. He then moved to Washington, D.C. where he was awarded a one year research position at the National Institutes of Health. Furthermore, he volunteered as an EMT for the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad. In 1996, he moved back to New Jersey where he started medical school at UMDNJ: New Jersey Medical School. Finally, after graduating in 2000 he moved to Manhattan where he did his pediatric residency at Cornell University Medical Center (New York Presbyterian Hospital). Every year, Dr. Mo happily participates in the Senior Experience Program at the Academies @ Englewood. Internship positions are available at Hackensack Pediatrics, for the purpose of providing both high school and college students with the opportunity to explore the reality of Pediatrics, as well as preparation for what to expect in the upcoming years.

Summary of Internship

I truly enjoyed my internship at Hackensack Pediatrics. Dr. Mo was very welcoming and wasted no time getting me involved. On the first day of my internship I was sitting in on appointments and annual physicals, and even learned how to prepare strep throat tests for patients. The office is always busy, therefore, Dr. Mo and I are constantly attending to patients throughout the course of the day. However, this upbeat pace is ultimately what makes the internship so intriguing. Through observing Dr. Mo I have learned a great deal about what it takes to be a Pediatrician. Dr. Mo is responsible for properly diagnosing sicknesses, providing detailed explanations of treatment course options, and assuaging fears. While interning this winter, several patients have come into the office complaining of similar symptoms commonly associated with a sinus infection, ear infection, stomach virus, or flu. After familiarizing myself with these symptoms I have surprisingly been able to properly diagnose the patient myself while listening to them explain their symptoms to Dr. Mo. Ultimately, the experience has assured me that this is the best career choice for me because it is something I truly enjoy. I would recommend this internship for anyone who holds interest in the field of Pediatrics.

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