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Internship Field: Health Care

Major: Chemistry

Host: Krankenhaus Lichtenberg. Klinik für Innere Medizin

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."

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