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Week One

On these first days at my internship, I feel like a novice experiencing medical life thereby acclimating to the ambiance of the hospital. In the beginning of the week, my friends attended an internship orientation, which was very important for all the interns to attend, in Piedmont Plaza at Wake...
On these first days at my internship, I feel like a novice experiencing medical life thereby acclimating to the ambiance of the hospital. In the beginning of the week, my friends attended an internship orientation, which was very important for all the interns to attend, in Piedmont Plaza at Wake Forest. We were informed that it was compulsory to attend that orientation and also have a TB vaccine so we had to wait for our internship to start next week. However, not knowing that their rule would not allow us to start our internship until next week, I went to the hospital on Tuesday. I got to see a little of Brenner Children's Hospital. I am shadowing a doctor at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). I saw premature babies with different complications. They looked so cute and dainty while they slept peacefully fighting with health complications in the plastic incubator. I was listening carefully to the explanations of my supervisor while he kept his stethoscope on the baby's chest, and the baby responded and made a noise, which was such an indescribably beautiful sight. There and then, I wished that the baby would get well soon and get to go home without any medical equipment. I wondered how badly the baby's mother would be missing her baby while he was at intensive care. I had such a different mixture of feelings. Later on the doctor gave me articles about the complications that some of the babies were having and the different medical treatments or surgeries suggested by different physicians for such complications. My supervisor also gave me two books to read. One was the collection of poems called The Premature and the others were the chapters:  "The roller coaster NICU experience" and "When a baby dies" from the book Parenting Your Premature Baby and the Child: The emotional journey.  The book compiled many notes of parents and it was so wonderful to read parents' notes they had written while their babies were at NICU. My supervisor also allowed me to stay with him while he was in a conference room with all the nurses and nurse practitioner, who together discussed the health conditions, progresses and further treatments necessary for the babies.  He showed me how he updated the details everyday in his laptop. On Thursday, my supervisor showed me and the other intern in his clinic four babies with different complications. I read about their complications and got to know many new medical terms. I read about diseases such as Trisomy 13, Trisomy 18, Prune Belly Syndrome, etc. I have been assigned to read some chapters from another book Preterm Birth.  Entire this week, I have been amazed by how the hospital has maintained its professionalism, diversity, dedication, scholarship and excellence. My life at this point really seems to be a learning experience and I expect to explore a lot more from it.