Matthew Micco '12
The Pennsylvania State University - Hershey Medical Center
Alumni Association BPIP Internship Fund
My Internship took place primarily at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The experience served to introduce me to the many facets of a career in medicine. I spent time shadowing in the office of Dr. Gwendolyn Curry and her colleagues. Throughout each day I interviewed patients, took their vital signs, and entered problems and diagnosis in to the Medical Center's electronic medical database. The internship not only taught me important patient interaction skills, but also helped me to develop a medical vocabulary that will undoubtedly come in handy throughout my years in medical school and beyond. I also had fantastic exposure to medical specialties such as pediatrics, otolaryngology, gastroenterology, anesthesia, cardiology, and ophthalmology.
What is the most interesting or important thing you took from your Internship this summer?
The most interesting and beneficial part of my summer was my constant interaction with the faculty of the medical center. Each of the doctors that work within the system is given the title of Professor, and I could tell that this was no accident. No matter who I shadowed each doctor carefully explained what they were doing, and the rationale behind their actions. In many cases, I worked side by side with Medical Students, Interns, Residents, and Fellows. Even in these situations I was not pushed aside, but included in the team when important discussions or explanations took place. It was absolutely fascinating to hear from people who were experts in their fields and cared equally as much about educating others.
How did the BPIP Fund help make your experience possible?
Like many Bucknell students, I do not have time to have an extensive job during the year and in years past I have had summer jobs that allowed me to earn some money to pay for anything that might come up during the school year. I knew that I wanted to have an Internship within the medical field, but very rarely are these opportunities paid. BPIP turned my unpaid internship into a paid one which really helped with transportation costs from my home to Hershey, and will continually help me throughout the coming year!
Would you recommend the BPIP Fund?
Absolutely! I would without a doubt recommend the BPIP Fund to other students, but not only for the financial resources that it provides. BPIP offers constant interaction with Bucknell alumni from the very beginning of the process, throughout the internship, and after it is completed. It really brought home the idea of the Bucknell family for me, and showed me how Bucknell can continue to be a huge part of my live even after five, ten, or twenty years in the professional environment.
I went into this summer as someone who thought a career as a physician might be fairly interesting....I came out of it knowing without a doubt that it was the right choice for me. Through constant shadowing and interaction with doctors and patients I learned more than I could have ever learned from books or website, this was absolutely one of the most valuable aspects of the internship. "Work" felt more like an invaluable educational experience (with no exams!) and I cannot thank BPIP enough for making it possible.