Student Information

Student Name

Yae Won Kim




Internship Information

Company/Organization: New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Mentor(s):Dr. Susan C. Pannullo

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Weill-Cornell Medical Center (WCMC), founded in 1898, is a private teaching hospital committed to intensify the pursuit of Weill Cornellís triple mission of education, research, and patient care. Located in New York City, WCMC is also affiliated with New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill-Cornell Medical College. With over 180 departments and programs, WCMC is one of the most comprehensive care facilities. Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center receives patients from around the world to treat a full spectrum of neurological disease. WCMC is also truly a leader in high-tech treatment methods. In Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, novel machines such as the Novalis, GammaKnife, and CyberKnife are used to treat stereotactic radiosurgery. Most importantly, WCMC has highly dedicated and experienced world-class physicians who are always on their feet to provide compassionate, thorough care for each and every patient.

Summary of Internship

As an intern in the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, I am fully exposed to a clinical environment. I shadow Dr. Susan C. Pannullo and her nurse practitioner, Kristen Floersheimer, as they consult patients with neurological diseases and discuss possible treatment plans. I also view MRI scans, take note of each patientís neurological disease, and hand out patient instructions. Interns are also able to attend Tumor Board, where doctors from multiple departments such as Radiology, Neurology, Oncology, and so forth meet to discuss the case history of patients to determine the proper form of treatment. This year, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to observe an endonasal neurosurgery performed by Dr. Theodore Schwartz earlier in the year. Through this internship, I realized that politeness and good listening skills are essential especially since we are dealing with real life patients. Every Thursday, I gain more insight in the field of neuroscience as I learn more and more about various neurological diseases that patients encounter. I am also privileged to thoroughly experience patient care. The combination of these two creates a synergy that will undoubtedly benefit me as someone who wants to pursue a career in the field of medicine.

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