Company/Organization: Children’s Hospital Research Center at Hackensack
Topic of Internship
Pediatric Research at the Institute of Pediatric C
The Institute of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders is a comprehensive program for children, adolescents, and young adults that offers patients treatments to various disorders affiliated with cancers and blood disorders. Established in 1987, the Institute of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders has become the principal center for the diagnosis and treatments of cancers and blood disorders. According the U.S. News & World Report, Hackensack University Medical Center has been ranked #1 Hospital in New Jersey.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday, I would sign in for my internship at the Institute of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders. There was never a day where I had not learned something. My mentor, Cheryl Falls, did not only teach me about research in pediatric cancers and blood disorders, but she also helped me understand the values of life in the adult world. There would be several different tasks for me to do on my internship days. Some days I would file papers into binders, separate binders into new ones, and copy/print paperwork to be filed in binders and/or folders. I was also able to assist in new study submissions for clinical trials regarding pediatric cancers and blood disorders. In addition to what may be considered by some to be menial work, I never lost sight of the fact that everything that is done in the Clinical Trials was all being done for the purpose of finding cures to diseases that oppress children and young adults Also, I was given the opportunity to shadow physicians affiliated with the institute. I now have a great understanding about how clinical trials are first processed with the hospital and the government. Also, I know more about the diseases associated with pediatric cancers and blood disorders. I thank Cheryl Falls and every single person who has made this experience worthwhile and a wonderful opportunity for me to learn.
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