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.
Nursing/Heart & Vascular Institute
The first week of the program, I saw a thoracic surgery. I loved that I was able to stand right next to the surgeon, Thomas Rice, MD, and the operating table as the surgery was performed. Dr. Rice was extremely informative in showing me different anatomical parts, as well as the procedures he was performing. That day I was also able to shadow an anesthesiologist, and I learned which medications do what, how the machines worked, and what different numbers and symbols on the machine meant, such as the brain activity and vital signs.