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Week Three

This week started with King Martin Luther Day celebration on Monday. My days at the internship were normal, regular days. We went for rounds, saw some new cases, talked about the cases with the doctors and read about them in journal articles. I got to attend a conference where they...

This week started with King Martin Luther Day celebration on Monday.  My days at the
internship were normal, regular days. We went for rounds, saw some new cases, talked
about the cases with the doctors and read about them in journal articles.

I got to attend a conference where they talked about coding and billing, which was all about the financial issues. I also attended a conference about the research project about the role of antenatal steroids on the blood pressure of children. They talked about funding, data collection, variables, and many other topics. My supervisor allowed me to attend those conferences because he wanted me to understand every aspect of Neonatology.  It was very interesting but difficult to comprehend.

We saw very rare cases this week; one of the babies had a rare chromosomal defect. The most depressing day was when a premature baby died due to internal brain bleeding and other complex abnormalities.  At that moment, I had to redefine my purpose for being there-to understand life, not just the biological functions of lives. I also discussed my research topic with my supervisor, "The role of environmental toxicants on premature births" so that he could give me suggestions. I am still working on the project.