Company/Organization: New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
Mentor(s):Dr. Susan C. Pannullo
Topic of Internship
Weill-Cornell Medical Center (WCMC), founded in 1898, is one of the leading academic medical centers in the nation located on the Upper East Side of New York City. The WCMC’s collaboration with the New York Presbyterian Hospital system and affiliation with the Weill Cornell Medical College provides patients with high quality healthcare to all patients. Not only does the WCMC achieve excellence in patient healthcare, but also conducts extensive medical research for education. The Brain and Spine Center at Weill Cornell is one of the premier providers of minimally invasive surgery. Adults and children from all across the globe seek care from the pioneering experts at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center.
Summary of Internship
As an intern at the Brain and Spine Center under the WCMC’s Neuro-Oncology division, I widened my perspective of the medical field through my experiences from the clinical environment. At internship, I shadow Dr. Pannullo and her nurse practitioner, Kristen Floersheimer as they consult patients and thoroughly explain the potential treatment plans for both benign and malignant brain tumors. Most of these treatment methods involve Dr. Pannullo’s specialty, stereotactic radiosurgery. Stereotactic radiosurgery uses non-or-minimally invasive radiation therapy at high beams of energy targeted at small areas to lessen or prevent tumors from growing. As I learn more about different cases using radio-surgery, I look at CD scans, MRI scans, and new technology. I gained further exposure by attending the weekly Tumor Board Meetings, where doctors and nurse practitioners present various patient cases and possible treatments in different medical standpoints. Overall, this internship provides not only the medical knowledge, but also the high quality patient care that involves interaction and communication skills. My internship played a huge role in my present and future, and will most definitely benefit those who want to pursue medicine.
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