September 15, 2010
While many students soaked up the sun this past summer, six others practiced medicine—well, sort of.
Pre-med students Yarissa Matos (Class of 2012), Rafaela Uwaibi (Holt 2011) Jennifer Otterbacher (Class of 2013), Erin Sigler (Class of 2013), Constance Cammarata (Class of 2011), and Kara Trapp (Class of 2012), were selected through Rollins’ Health Professions Advising Program and the Office of Academic Internships to follow medical faculty and residents at Florida Hospital from August 2 to 6. The students were placed in Residency Training department at the hospital, either within Family Medicine (Allopathic and Osteopathic), General Surgery or Emergency Medicine. Students were also registered in a concurrent reflection course with Professor of Biology Judy Schmalstig, Health Sciences Faculty Advisor.
“Overall it broadened my professional experience in that I was able to apply what I had learned in class to actual patient examinations and interactions,” said Trapp. “It helped me interact not only with patients, but also a medical team so we could act as a cohesive unit.” Trapp worked under 10 residents in the Allopathic department at the hospital, handling everything from wellness exams for mothers to regular health check-ups.
“The students really seemed to have a great experience,” said Allisa Johnson, director of the Office of Academic Internships. “It’s also very critical and essential to have pre-med students volunteer and shadow—[hospitals and medical schools] want to make sure that you dedicated and focused on a career in medicine.”
The Office of Academic Internships has much to offer beyond Pre-med shadowing; students can earn academic credit for internships in nonprofit, corporate and civic organizations. For more information on for-credit internships and other career opportunities, visit the Office of Career Services and the Office of Academic Internships.
By Mary Neville
(Class of 2013)