Over the summer, Lindsey Grabell completed an internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Before she began this exciting experience, she had to go through a phone interview. Lindsey found this internship through her friend who worked at the hospital the summer before. When Grabell began her internship, each day she was given a list of tasks from her research coordinators to do. She sat at her desk in the Urogynecology Office and completed those tasks, which consisted of entering data into databases and organizing patient charts. Occasionally, she shadowed nurse practitioners and doctors in the operating room as well. Overall, some of the work she did this summer included creating databases on Excel, organizing research patient binders, calling patients, making appointments, asking the patients if they wanted to participate in research studies, and sending them medical record release forms. Even though Lindsey’s day was pretty packed with a variety of tasks, the most challenging part of the internship for her was being comfortable with talking to patients.
Communication, computer, and relationship building were skills that this senior utilized in her journey. “These skills will definitely help me in my future career,” said Lindsey. “I want to work in a hospital setting and I need to be able to communicate well with patients and my colleagues.”
Who I Met that Made a Difference
The senior explains, “Dr. Lily Arya, head of urogynecology research, has made a huge difference in so many women’s lives. Her research helps women who have fecal incontinence overcome obstacles to be able to do things that they couldn’t do before. It is so inspiring to see these women come in after just a couple of visits with great results already.” In addition, Lindsey would definitely ask the people that she worked with for recommendations and use them as references. Her co-workers even offered to assist her with practicing for interviews when applying for jobs!
Grabell believes that her internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania changed her as a student since she is now thinking about going to nursing school after she graduates from Ursinus. From her journey, she learned that there are many things that go into research and how important it is to stay organized.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
The coolest part of the experience for Lindsey was when she got to see the entire process of in vitro fertilization. She was able to follow husbands and wives as they went through the egg retrievals, and then seeing if the couples ended up getting pregnant a couple of weeks later. Lastly, her favorite aspect of the internship was getting the opportunity to meet so many new people and experiencing something that she had never experienced before. “Having this internship opened my eyes to working in a hospital and made me think a lot about my future after I graduate college,” says Grabell.
Lindsey believes that internships are a great experience and can help you figure out what you want to do later on in life. She would recommend this experience to people who have an interest in working in the medical field and want to work in a hospital setting.