YESTERDAY IN THE OPERATING ROOM…

AlexPic1The key to finding internships is doing research. If you want one, YOU have to do the research. You can get an internship in any wide variety of different fields. So google it, research, and find one that you think you’d like! No one is going to do it for you!

Early in the fall semester of this past year, I went to Career Services and inquired if they had contacts pertaining to a Biomedical Science major. Not only did they have contacts, Career Services gave me a whole PACKET, all pertaining to different internships within the medical field! From that list, I saw “Anesthesiology Associates of St. Francis” and since this is a field I am highly interested in, I figured why not give it a chance.

Forty-seven shadowing hours and seven weeks later, I am wholeheartedly disappointed that this internship had to come to an end. As an intern in the medical field, it is hard to find an internship that lets you do “hands on” work, since you have to be qualified for such work. However this did not stop the Anesthesiologists from going above and beyond in terms of letting me help them during the surgical procedures. I helped set up for surgery, was a “runner” for anything the Anesthesiologists needed and an observer during Operating Room surgeries. I shadowed surgeons, PA’s surgical technicians, and nurses! During this internship I had the freedom of choosing what O.R. professional I would observe that day, allowing for an accumulation of knowledge from different perspectives.

AlexPic2What I enjoyed the most was the experience to be in the Operating Room. Not many people can say that they’ve seen an amputation, a hysterectomy, or a lap-band surgery. I was so enchanted by everyone’s job in the O.R., and this internship truly helped me to gain perspective on what I want to do in the medical field.

So, if you’re reading this, freshman, sophomores, juniors, or seniors: My advice? Intern, Intern, Intern. You can intern in the field of your dreams, and it could potentially get you to where you want to be.

Alex McCahill 15’

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