Tell me about a distinct memory you have from your research internship?
One unique memory was wearing lead aprons in a fluoroscopy room. I might be mis-remembering some details, but I believe the physicians were looking to extract shrapnel from a patient’s foot (shrapnel from a incident with a bomb about a decade ago). What was also fascinating was that they were seemingly able to spontaneously request the expertise of a physician (sometime during the operation, they found out this person started their shift ) – it was compassionate for them to shed some insight (as this wasn’t necessarily their patient or someone they were assigned to).
What did you learn the most about surgery/medicine so far in your research internship?
It definitely takes a team of people to ensure the safety of a surgery. For instance, anesthesiologists somewhat work in the background, but they are in charge of hemodynamics/physiology/pharmacology. As surgeons work, anesthesiologists need to be prepared to address physiology accordingly at any point. In the clinic, it was also inspiring to see Marie as an office manager effortlessly resolve difficult situations room to room and with utmost patience. Her versatility also as a nurse was amazing to witness if a medical assistant needed help.
What did you learn the most about yourself in your research internship?
The research internship helped me realize that I would like to pursue a career in medicine, and in particular, to continue to dig deeper into the different facets/details of medicine and healthcare.
Why would you recommend this research internship to others who follow your footsteps?
I want to note that my experience was mostly focused on shadowing and some clinic work. While it was amazing to watch all of the surgeries and trace the mental footsteps of each operation, this internship provides an incredible opportunity to develop a close relationship with physicians who deeply care for their patients. In particular, Dr. Nasseri is committed to listening and valuing the thoughts of every person that he works with. He is an advocate for students and seeks ways to foster their academic and professional success.
What are your long term career goals?
I would like to become a physician and potentially become more involved with research projects (both related to my future specialty & in underserved/underexplored communities) and community initiatives
How did the research internship help you meet your long term career goals?
It was extremely meaningful to understand the kind of work and different settings that Dr. Nasseri and other SGLA surgeons operated in.
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