As the internship program has progressed, interns have received greater opportunities to observe what goes on throughout the hospital, and greater variety in what they are permitted to see. As high-schoolers, they are able to view the same procedures that med students are seeing for the first time during their residencies. Here, interns discuss specific procedures they had the opportunity to observe during the summer of 2009, and the effects they had.
I saw an eye surgery, during which the surgeon inserted a radioactive eye plaque into a patient's eye in order to cover up a tumor. He showed me the tumor, and then inserted the eye plaque, which provided radiation via an isotope of iodine. I was able to observe the entire procedure. It was an extremely memorable experience.