When Andrew met a doctor from Medemerge through a close friend and heard that it was highly reputable in the area, he was interested in seeing which aspects of the practice made it so widely recognized. In addition, he wanted to experience the family side of medicine to broaden his horizons. At Medemerge, Andrew got an understanding of how biological systems were treated in a pathological view. He began his internship by training as a medical assistant, after which he was assigned to check vitals and meet with patients prior to their appointment with the doctor. As his internship progressed, he was trained to perform non-invasive procedures and observe the administrative aspects of the office.
By learning how all the tiers of the practice collaborate (doctors, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants), Andrew found himself frequently using communication skills. Communication was necessary to effectively treat patients, especially because the patients are not always in a positive mood. He also utilized listening skills, which were crucial when dealing with doctor’s instructions that related directly to the patient.
Who I Met that Made a Difference
Andrew felt that all of his co-workers were a positive influence on him throughout his internship. His coworkers made sure that he never felt left behind while learning from them. They were also very knowledgeable and ready to answer any questions.
This internship had a positive impact on Andrew’s future because he was offered a position after he graduates. Completing the internship also gave him an eye-opening experience as to what he wants to do in the future. He feels more confident moving forward in his education and career.
The Coolest Part of the Experience
Although Andrew felt badly seeing that people were injured or sick, he felt that the coolest part of his internship was being able to see in person what he’s been learning about in textbooks at Ursinus. Helping patients hands-on gave him perspective on real-life situations and a better understanding of them.
“I would definitely recommend doing your research before going into an interview and get an understanding about the job as a whole. Even before the interview, network and talk to people around you. Introduce yourself and make yourself known; you never know who you may encounter and what opportunities they may be able to bring to you.”