Internship Field: Health Care
Duration: 3 months in summer 2004
Description: "I got to work every day at 7 am where I spent the first hour withdrawing blood, administering IVs, giving shots, and laying intravenous needles. Around 8 am I would accompany an assistant ward doctor and another German medical student on ward rounds. This would take between 2 and 3 hours. I would listen to the doctor chat with the patients, answer questions, and explain test results. During these rounds I learned how to listen to the heart beat and lung through a stethoscope. Then we would all eat breakfast together around 11 am. After breakfast I would join other medical students in talking with new patients where we would take patient medical history and perform basic physical examinations. Throughout day I would draw blood and give patients medicine as well. The work day would end between 2:30 and 3 pm. Every Wednesday I attended an hour long class session with the other medical students where we learned how to read EKGs or about certain diseases.
Comments: "My tasks were very worthwhile. I will use them in the future because I would like to be a doctor. I got to do things that students in American cannot do until much later in medical trainings. It was very exciting."