Student Information

Student Name

Rose Codilla



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Internship Information

Company/Organization: Mount Sinai Hospital

Mentor(s):Dr. Janet Serle, Stephanie Thomas

Topic of Internship


Background Information

Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is one of the oldest teaching hospitals in the United States. With thousands of doctors, fellows, and residents, Mount Sinai has been a pioneer in the medical field with unparalleled research facilities and resources. In the Department of Ophthalmology, medical professionals spend countless hours seeing patients and studying certain ailments affecting the eye. During my time at Mount Sinai, I was under the direction of Dr. Serle who, as an expert in the field of ophthalmology, has spent an unprecedented amount of time studying glaucoma. Glaucoma is a disease of the eye and is widely treated by several specialists in Mount Sinai.

Summary of Internship

My internship at the Mount Sinai Department Ophthalmology has been a transformative experience; every successive Thursday was as enticing as the Thursday before. My days were mostly spent shadowing Dr. Serle during her patient visits with current and potential glaucoma patients. Dr. Serle specializes specifically in glaucoma and her extensive knowledge of the disease has enabled me to become increasingly aware of the disease’s cause, symptoms, and treatments. Every week, I am able to interact with various patients who are inflicted with various stages of glaucoma. Additionally, as an intern, I have access to delicate and expensive instruments used to treat and diagnose glaucoma, which I would otherwise not have access to. I have worked on a research project with a research coordinator and a research paper about amblyopia. The other intern and I would go to the library in the Icahn Schools of Medicine to work on our research papers. When I am not shadowing Dr. Serle, I am learning various medical terms, organizing files, creating excel spreadsheets, and, most importantly, learning about various tests used by glaucoma specialists. These tests include the goldmann visual field test, the humphrey visual field test, gonioscopy, ophthalmoscopy, and perimetry.

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