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Internship at Columbia Presbyterian Children's Hospital
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Skylar Korek

Major: Psychology (in Neuroscience)
Hometown: Edgemont, NY

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I contacted an anesthesiologist at New York Presbyterian Children's Hospital who I worked for two summers prior, through an anesthesia internship program. The anesthesiologist was kind enough to connect me with another department in the Children's Hospital and help me secure this position.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This internship consisted of shadowing three attending surgeons in the Pediatric Urology department as well as four Pediatric Urology residents. The surgeons I work with allowed me to observe surgeries in the operating room and clinic visits on the floor, and make rounds with them to check on patients. This experience has been incredible.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Working at CHONY has allowed me to see what the life of a surgeon really is like. This experience has given me great motivation to continue my pursuit of becoming a doctor. I know that the path to become a surgeon is a long one, but I am determined to work for it and will continue to dream big.

This experience has given me great motivation to continue my pursuit of becoming a doctor.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I have always wanted to become a doctor and more specifically, a surgeon. Being able to see what the profession entails on a routine basis has been a great help in shaping my goals for the future. My experience has confirmed that the medicine is the right profession for me. Talking to patients one-on-one, working as a team, and allowing people to live better lives are what I love about this profession.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Definitely. If you are interested in any profession the best way to see if it is right for you, is to do it. This experience has allowed me to do just that.

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