Student Information

Student Name

Radha Tummalapenta




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Mount Sinai Hospital

Mentor(s):Dr. Janet B Serle

Topic of Internship

Department of Ophthalmology: Glaucoma

Background Information

Founded in 1852, Mount Sinai is one of the largest hospital networks in New York City and is renowned nationally. With over 2,500 physicians and 1,500 fellows and residents, the Mt. Sinai community is a thriving center for patient care and research. The Department of Ophthalmology consists of hundreds of medical care providers who delve into specific parts of the eye and eventually become masters of their field. Housed in the Mount Sinai Center for Advanced Medicine, the super specialized ophthalmologists deal with extreme diseases and cases pertaining to the eye. For instance, Dr. Serle is a glaucoma specialist and over the years of her residency, fellowship, and practice she has explored this disease. Glaucoma is one of the many diseases that are researched and treated in this building by specialized physicians with expertise in their fields.

Summary of Internship

As an intern for Dr. Serle, my eyes were opened to an advanced field of medicine. I have the opportunity to shadow her as she examines patients experiencing all different stages of glaucoma. Shadowing a glaucoma specialist allows me to understand the disease, and through each patient I gain something new. Through this internship, I am able to learn about a large office practice and the many steps that must be taken before reaching the doctor. From entering the building to leaving, the patient must see a technician, undergo tests, be examined by a fellow, and seen by the physician. At each step, there is a specific and vital routine, which makes each examination thorough. Also, the advancement in treatments and technology in regards to glaucoma is remarkable. Every Thursday, I am awestruck by the machinery and technology involved in analyzing the progress of the disease. Fortunately, I am able to observe procedures such as selective laser trabeculoplasty, bleb needling, and injections of medicine into the tissues surrounding the eye. Through observation, one can truly learn about the processes involved in understanding the condition of a patient with glaucoma. Moreover, through exposure to the many tests patients have to undergo, I was able to pick up an understanding of the anatomy of the eye. For instance, the optical coherence tomography, otherwise known as an OTC, which can show irregularities in either the layers of the retina. All of these experiences have inspired and served as motivation to pursue my goal of attending medical school. Working alongside remarkable doctors makes the experience extraordinary.

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