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Yale University School of Medicine's Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
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Yael Goldblum

Major: Psychology, Neuroscience Option
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this experience online through the Career Enrichment Network, while I was searching for potential internships to apply to.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

After having completed the internship this past summer, I am able to say that I had a wonderful experience working with the pediatric team. Most of my time was spent on data entry and analysis, as well as literature review for research. Aside from this, attending meetings, rounds, and tumor boards strengthened my insight on the specific operation involved in being a member of a treatment team. The biggest accomplishment I achieved was completing a research project and being able to present that research to my supervisors. I most enjoyed being able to learn from such skilled professionals, as I was always welcome to ask any questions or discover more about specific topics.

The biggest accomplishment I achieved was completing a research project and being able to present that research to my supervisors.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has taught me a lot about how to conduct and present research in a professional manner. I also gained a lot of understanding about what requirements are necessary in order to pursue the medical field in my future. Seeing concepts I had learned about from previous classes come to fruition strengthened my desire to learn more about psychology and medicine.

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

One day, I hope to be able to acquire a medical degree, where I can practice forensic psychiatry. After graduation, I plan to attend a post-baccalaureate program in order to acquire a masters degree. I then hope to attend medical school and receive my MD. Aside from my career path, one of my main goals as a psychiatrist would be to eliminate stigma of mental health, through empathy, self-awareness, and normalization of mental health discussion. My internship experience has helped me to further develop my career plans after graduation, and has provided me with realistic expectations of the workforce in the medical field.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students who are looking to gain understanding about conducting research, working in the professional level, and working in a hospital-oriented setting.


Liberal Arts students can apply for this internship with Yale School of Medicine for Summer 2018 through March 30, 2018 in Network Symplicity!
For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.

 

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