Student Information

Student Name

Johana Lopez




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center

Mentor(s):Dr. Gary Munk

Topic of Internship

Clinical Virology

Background Information

Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) was founded in 1888 with only 12 beds and it was the first hospital in Bergen County. Today the hospital has added 763 more beds and is now Bergen Countyís primary center of healthcare for New Jersey and New York areas. The hospitalís goal is to give the best possible healthcare to their patients and to do everything possible to help them. HUMC is a nonprofit, teaching and research hospital that has become the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient care in New Jersey. The hospital has various specialties and subspecialties with many of the best international doctors working there. U.S. News & World Report listed Hackensack University Medical Center as the number one hospital in New Jersey in its 2015-16 Best Hospitals list. The Clinical Virology department opened around 35 years ago due to Dr. Peter A. Gross. HUMC is one of the best hospitals in the nation because of its integrity and willingness to help all patients no matter what the circumstances may be.

Summary of Internship

I attended my internship each week at the clinical virology department at HUMC. It was always a new learning experience. My mentor Dr. Gary Munk is the clinical director of clinical virology. At each weekly session Dr. Munk would provide individualized learning experiences through tutorials, library research projects and laboratory assignments. The department service activities include viral prevention, education, diagnosis and treatment (viral management). There were many educational opportunities during this internship program which included attendance at institutional and community committees and programs. Two examples were attending monthly bio-ethical committee forums and my favorite, the youth program for World AIDS Day. Some of my daily activities were the review and reporting of abnormal and positive findings from patient evaluations and the observation of the performance of clinical testing. I was fortunate to assist the technical and professional staff of this department in organizing and archiving patient results, reports and summary information. The best part of being an intern here was that each day I would leave having more insight and knowledge on a new topic and had a hands-on experience.

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