Student Information

Student Name

Melissa Quintero




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Institute for Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders

Mentor(s):Cheryl Falls

Topic of Internship

Pediatric Cancer Research

Background Information

The Institute of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders is an all-inclusive program for children, adolescents, and young adults up to their 22nd birthday committed to providing optimal, compassionate, personalized care. Using the most advanced treatments and comprehensive staff consisting of physicians, nurses, research team, and psychosocial workers, the Childrenís Cancer Institute has gained recognition as the principal pediatric center for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and blood disorders since its establishment in 1987. Its ranking once again as the #1 Hospital in New Jersey by the U.S. News and World Report underscores the high-quality patient care provided by physician and team members consistently.

Summary of Internship

Interning at the Institute of Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorders, on a typical day I would sign in and get straight to work. I would like to say my mentor, Cheryl Falls, was the backbone of the Research center. Without the work she puts in, the hospitalís research department could not run efficiently or effectively. There were days where I was given papers to file into binders, dividing binders into separate ones, and making copies of or printing out paperwork. Other times I was in a database working on a new study submission for clinical trials or protocols in regard to treatment plans for our patients. Opportunities to shadow a multitude of physicians affiliated with the institute allowed me to experience the clinical side of being a doctor and the one on one interactions with patients and caregivers. The research aspect gave me a better understanding of the legal matters that come with being a doctor, emphasizing that behind every doctor is a team that helps them to meet all government requirements to ensure the best health care is presented. The overall process serves the purpose of finding cures to treat the patients entrusting us with helping them recover from life threatening diseases. I thank my mentor Cheryl, Nisha, and every single person from the research team and the physicians for enlightening me with a worthwhile opportunity to grow and uncover values vital in the professional world. Thank you Cheryl for shaping me into a well-rounded learner.

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