From my mentorship, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge about the medical field. Not only have I learned about many diseases and treatments, but I have also learned how to take care of patients and what it is like to work in the hospital and family care setting. I have seen many different patients, with different age ranges and different illnesses. I have stepped in and asked my mentors and the other nurses if they ever needed any help, which helped me gain more knowledge and experience. I also asked questions when I didn't understand something to ensure that I knew what I was exposed to. I also asked nurses, doctors, and physicians assistants what their experience was like as a student, so I will know what to expect and the difficulty of each occupation.This mentorship has prepared me for the future by giving me a hands-on experience. I have been able to see the different settings in the medical field and it reveals to me what my career will be like on average. My mentorship has also changed my perception in the sense that I know what specific fields I do not want to go in, but I still want to be a physician's assistant. I have also concluded that I might work in a fast pace setting, such as the emergency room in my earlier years of life and go into a less stressful atmosphere as I get older. I would advise the future HMP students to make the most of their time at their mentorships because it is valuable time that can be used to determine their futures. It is also useful to alternate mentorships to get a complex view of different fields or careers of interest.
I completed an interview to the DEBRA organization. They were very informative and it adds further insight on my topic for the project. Additionally, I found images to insert on my website. For example, the different types of the disease. I started creating brochures that will be handed out during the presentations. I am continuing to find more information on the topic and relating it to my mentorship.
My interest for the rare disease, epidermolysis bullosa is what is driving my research. I also want to find a better solution for the disease and make the patients feel more comfortable since this disease causes a vast amount of discomfort. It would be an honor to find a cure or even make a minor difference in the sufferers of this disease's lives.
My current essential question is 'how can my mentorship at a medical center develop an effective treatment plan for patients with a rare disease known as Epidermolysis Bullosa?'
In addition to he website, I would like to create a video simulation on how the skin peels and explain the effects that the peeling has on the patient. I would explain the pain that is caused, and how the treatment plan will help.
For my real inquiry I can conduct a survey on patients with epidermolysis bullosa. I can also look through case studies to understand the severity of the disease. In addition, I can look at the foundation websites that are in support of funding epidermolysis bullosa treatment and gather testimonies from the sufferers of this rare disease.
1. My essential question is, how can my mentorship at a medical center develop a treatment plan for patients with a rare disease known as Epidermolysis Bullosa?
2. I selected this as my essential question because it pertains to my mentorship. Throughout my day I am exposed to patients with a wide range of medical issues that interfere with their day-to-day lives. One of the diseases that I have come across is Epidermolysis Bullosa, which is rare and very fascinating as it is unusual. I have become excited to find the answer to this question because this disease is very painful and it would be satisfying to find a more effective treatment plan in order for these patients to not suffer as much and to live a more comfortable lifestyle. I believe this question shows my desire because it shows my aspiration to help people as well as my interest in the disease. In addition, since I am trying to compile a more effective treatment plan, it shows the level of concern I feel towards sufferers of Epidermolysis Bullosa.
Many people think that at family clinics, there is an influx of patients all the time. This is not true in all cases, because the clinic that I intern at is very low on patients and they typically only have a few a week. In addition to this assumption, the majority of the patients are elderly, rather than a wide range of ages. Elderly patients are most common and babies are the second most common patients. There is not as many patients in the teenage years to the mid thirties. In addition, the majority of the patients have a wide range of medical problems that have to be treated. Not only do people come in to be diagnosed by the flu or strep throat, but they can come in for any problems they might be facing, since there is no specialization area.
The most important skills need to be a successful individual in the medical field is to be a good listener. In addition to being a good listener, it is important that the individual is able to decipher which problems are the most important. This is true because most patients can not afford to treat all of their problems at the same time, so it is important to decide which ones will have the biggest impact on the patient and which problem is the most life threatening. It is also crucial that the physician is seen as a trustworthy individual, since the patient's are is in the hands of the physician. This can also ensure that the patient comes back to the clinic because they feel welcomed and feel as though their doctor truly cares for them and puts their needs first.
I do not see much charitable behavior since I work at a doctor's office and they are not able to give out free medication. The kind acts that I do see is people being more generous in the things that they say, for example saying "happy holidays!"
I think it is important for businesses to be involved in the community because it is their job to do so. They need to serve their community and give back as much as possible, because without the community they wouldn't have a business. They also gain support by giving back and they could gain even more business by the way that the company benefits people.
In my community, I have cleaned up and tried to make it a better place. I could use these skills to be a leader by taking initiative and knowing that I need to take charge, whether I am asked to do so or not.
1. My mentor is a "partner in my education" because she provides me with insight into being a physician's assistant. This furthers my knowledge and educates me about topics regarding the medical field.
2. One of the goals that I have accomplished so far is broadening my career options. I have now limited my options down to three because I have developed a deeper interest in these specialties.I wish to elaborate more on this goal and make a concrete decision on what I what to do in the future before I graduate from high school.
3. Throughout my time at my internship site, I do favors for my intern. For example, I will ask the nurse insurance related questions or find out a phone number for a medical office closest to the patient. This makes my intern's life easier because she doesn't have to worry about those tasks because she has far more important tasks to worry about.
I also mentor at a family clinic, called Georgia Family Care. Similarly, there are times when the patient load is very low, but it is very important to keep an optimistic mindset. Most of the time, I am reviewing the patients' charts and determining treatment options with my mentor, do you do this too?
My mentorship relates to my long-term career goals because I am planning on being a physician's assistant but, I am unsure on what I want to specialize in. This explains why I am mentorship in the medical field. I have learned many new skills throughout my mentorship that I probably would not have learned if it wasn't for this opportunity. I have learned that punctuality is very important. I have always known this, but this experience has heightened this idea because you never know what you could be missing out on if you're late. I have also learned how to make the most out of everything. Even when there is nothing else for me to do, I still find a way to stay positive and be proactive in some manner. I have also learned about different types of medicines, and how to read the medical charts. The culture of my mentorship in rather laid back because of the small amount of patients coming into and out of the office. The interactions are full of compassion because the doctor's primary goal is to help the patient.
1. I have experienced that it is important to be on time in order to ensure that I get the most out of the time at my mentorship. I have also learned that it is important to keep the patient interaction confidential because of the HIPPA laws and respecting the patient's privacy rights. I was in a room with a patient and she was discussing her issues that she was having and it was very interesting and I really wanted to tell others about my new experience but I know that is tremendously important to keep the patient's information private. I have also learned that it is important to remember that I am only shadowing but at the same time I have to keep in mind that I should behave like I am employed at my workplace. It is key to listen and treat everybody with respect, no matter what their position is. I have also experienced that communication is crucial because everybody has to be aware of every thing that is going on.
2. The nurse wears scrubs which is the normal attire for the nurse since she is dealing with the patients. The physician wears office attire with a lab coat because she wants to look professional for her patients and the atmosphere is more laid-back. By the physician dressing more professionally, it shows the patients that she is a hardworking physician because her lab coat shows her status. The clothing that the workers wear help to show the status of each worker.
3. The information that I have learned so far during my mentorship has helped me to understand more about the human body and the reason why certain events occur. I am also able to apply the skills that I have learned at my mentorship to other job opportunities that arise. I have also gained another perspective on health care because i have seen the struggles among the different type of patients that have came into the office. It makes me want to continue to help others and make their lives as easy as possible, starting with their health.