While most Rollins students were enjoying their final days of winter break, seven devoted Pre-Med students spent the week at Florida Hospital and Nemours Children’s Hospital as part of the independent study course. The students in the observership program had the opportunity to shadow physicians and residents, as well as participate in grand rounds, observe surgeries, and witness discussions of patient symptomatology.
On January 30, 2014, the students Jayce Breig, Cristina Figueroa, Alexandria Mickler, Ibrahim Musri, Catherine Psarakis, Megan Single, and Jamie Wadovick attended a debriefing session with Dr. James Zimmerman, the new Faculty Advisor for the Health Professions Advising Program, and Lisa Johnson, Director of Academic Internships. The students reflected on their shadowing experience and shared how the experience affected their future career goals. More importantly, these students realized how much effort it took to become medical professionals.
“I learned a lot about how surgeons went about their jobs day to day and about the effort and commitment it required to be a physician.” Said Ibrahim Musri (Class of 2015) who observed at General Surgery Department, Florida Hospital. “It definitely changed the way I viewed a physician's work and how they dedicated their lives to help people who depended on their services.”
Catherine Psarakis (Class of 2014) commented on the positive atmosphere at Emergency Medicine, Florida Hospital, “The shadowing experience exposed me to the clinical environment and the way that the doctors, nurses, security, and other personnel collaborated with efficiency and a positive attitude to provide optimal patient care.”
“I enjoyed my time in hematology/oncology the most because I felt drawn to that field, and seeing it first-hand solidified my feelings.” Megan Single (Class of 2016) shared her experience at Nemours Children’s Hospital. “The facilities there [Nemours] were phenomenal, and the coordinator was really willing to call around and have us observe in different departments.”
Based on the success of the Winter Intersession Observership Program, Rollins will partner again with Florida Hospital during the Spring Break; students can shadow at Radiology Department from March 3 – 7. Applications for Spring Break is currently available on the Blackboard site for the Health Professions Advising Program. Students may also contact the Office of Academic Internships for more information relating to Pre-Med observerships at www.rollins.edu/academic-internships.