Student Information

Student Name

Agata Zarczynska




Internship Information

Company/Organization: Hackensack University Medical Center

Mentor(s):Grace Kranwinkel

Topic of Internship

Adult Oncology Research Department

Background Information

The John Theurer Cancer Center is a 155,000 square-foot building that houses outpatient cancer services and includes diagnostic facilities. This center is listed among the top 50 Cancer Centers according to U.S. Medical News. There are 14 specialty divisions that include on site care medically and emotionally.The Cancer Center has recently made some new partnerships with other hospitals as to become more collaborative and help patients as much as they can. They merged with the Meridian Health, which created a system of 11 hospitals and two pediatric centers all around Bergen county through Ocean county. Hackensack Meridian Health and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has also created a partnership this year in hopes of creating a better system to treat cancer patients as efficiently as possible. The center has a variety of departments, including adult oncology research. This hospital provides a broad range of inpatient as well as outpatient services including blood marrow stem cell transplants. There are a lot of clinical trials in several departments including lymphoma, multiple myeloma, blood and marrow stem cell transplantation and leukemia.

Summary of Internship

My responsibilities as a member of the adult oncology research department were varied. Every day I would come in to meet my mentor, Grace Kranwinkel, and I would be placed in a specific department for that day. There were several departments that I worked closely with including the regulatory department, the finance department, as well as data collection. Each department would have a specific job that was needed. First, the team would explain why these specific papers need to be filled out and the process in doing so. After I learned how to use all the databases the hospital uses, I was given a lot of tasks to perform for each department. Most days, I would have to manage my time as there were several departments required assistance in filling out certain forms or entering data. Sometimes there would be days where I was placed in the Cancer Center to shadow physicians or nurses. This internship has exposed me to a lot of different departments that work together in the background to make all of the clinical trials happen. This was a good internship to explore different aspects of research including the hospital side with patients, the clerical work, as well as the laboratory work.

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