This summer, I did an internship in the rheumatology department at NYU. During this month-long period, I observed clinical work, filed papers, and shadowed doctors during patient visits in a professional setting. This experience was very new to me – in the previous years I had only participated in volunteer work involving teaching students in a more casual setting. I found great interest in reading about research being done as well as the process of adding patients to certain research projects. Consent was something consistently brought up; it’s something vital to both patient security and comfort. Consent was discussed personally between doctor and patient.
Clinical trials were quite different from one-on-one scheduled patient meetings. The clinic was open for a few hours a day in which patients in a sense “waited” to be seen in the order in which they arrived. The meetings were much shorter – multiple fellows reported information from tests to a more experienced and trained doctor. After a summarization of the condition of the patient, the patient is visited briefly by the experienced doctor to insure that proper medication is assigned. Overall, a very interesting and valuable experience.
This summer, I once again leaped into a group of young students and guided them through classes, led them to each room, and made sure they were well behaved. I worked with incoming 4th graders again this time, who were between 8 and 9 years old. It is an age that brings more maturity as well as immaturity. I soon learned this as they tackled more advanced material in their science, art, and writing classes while never failing to fool around in the process. I was group leader this year (each class is given 3-4 aides, and one of them who has the most experience and/or is the oldest is assigned this title), giving me the responsibility to lead lines and make sure my fellow group mates weren’t fooling around with the students.
Of course, each day was never perfect. I fail to bring the students together in lines efficiently, we arrive to classes late, and so on. Sometimes certain students can be too difficult to handle. But they were extremely enjoyable to work, play, and talk with. Some students I recognized from the beginning due to teaching them two years ago, and I was able to reconnect with familiar faces and meet new ones. Overall, another month long experience under my belt that I will treasure for quite a while.
The social issue my group chose to research, sexual harassment, is and will continue to be a current issue in the world. By keeping up with daily news, I can stay connected to the topic as well as be more aware of what is happening all over the world. Keeping up with news can also help me learn more than I already know about sexual harassment.
Immigration is a topic that is constantly being referenced to in History class. The addition of the annual YPI project which focused on this topic seemed to have a very straightforward connection to my history class’ course cirrculum.
During the month of July, I worked four days a week at the Hunter school, teaching kids aged eight to nine years old. They had three classes each day, including science, writing, and art. As a student aide, my job was to guide students through what they were learning, encourage them, and supervise them, all while maintaining a positive, yet stern atmosphere that prevents the kids from messing around all day (which is by any means, not very easy). Continue reading