Original Inquiry: This summer I will be conducting clinical research at Akron Children’s Hospital. It is a 10 week internship program called Summer Pediatric Research Scholars. This will enrich me academically as I will be getting more involved with the medical field and I think help me really realize how truly I want to be a doctor which is what all my academics are leading me towards. Also as a Health Sciences major we discuss a lot of clinical issues whether it be from the management perspective or medical perspective I believe this experience will be beneficial to the information I have already learned from my major and will continue learning over the next two years. I also have the opportunity to shadow doctors, go to conferences, and sit in on the grand rounds through the hospital which will be a great learning experience for me as I can ask them my questions and inquire into their work. Through this internship I will be assigned a mentor who will help me come up with my own research project which will be my original inquiry and I will get to conduct research on it with the assistant of the medical professional mentor. I will get to ask questions, look at clinical data, and conduct my own original research project idea and at the end of the program I will report my findings in front of staff at Akron Children’s Hospital.
In my second year of HSS I found it very enjoyable. I had the opportunity to be a TA for our scholars class and become a mentor to the freshman through our mentor program. I enjoyed being a TA and getting to learn more about the resources that are ever changing at OSU while also being able to help the freshman transition to college more smoothly. The mentor program was also a great opportunity as I believe our program allows the freshman to start making connections with upperclassmen in similar majors to them who can be a resource and guiding hand to them. The HSS LC did a great job this year with the improvements that they are planning on making to our mentor program and I am very excited to be a part of the mentor program to see how it can grow and create an even bigger HSS network between the freshman, upperclassman, and potentially graduates. The LC also held some great events this year with the scavenger hunts at the monthly meetings and the bring your own bowl events. The BYOB events are a great simple way to get HSS students to come out meet with their mentor/mentee’s in a simple social environment. Next year I plan to try and stay involved by coming to events, being a TA, and being a mentor again in order to stay connected to the HSS community as I believe it has been a very beneficial two year experience for me. This year I stayed involved in MEDLIFE and Volunteers Around the World. This coming summer I have a clinical research position lined up through Akron Children’s Hospital through their Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program. I will be conducting my own clinical research project with a physician at the hospital and getting the opportunity to shadow more doctors and become more involved with the medical field.