Inside Look: High School Medical Internship: Learning Ophthalmology

Posted by Brett Goldenhorn on Jan 30, 2015 11:15:00 AM

Devon Smith, Intern at Wills Eye Hospital in PhiladelphiaMeet Devon! She spent three weeks this past summer as a part of the JKCP Internship program. Devon was placed at WillsEye Hospital, an opthalmology facility in Center City, Philadelphia. We sat with her during her experience and this is what she had to say:


What’s your name and where are you from?
Devon Smith, Cleveland, OH
What is your internship and what made you interested in the internship program?
I have always wanted to be a doctor and wanted to see firsthand what it is really like. I am working at WillsEye; which means I am observing and learning about eye surgery. I really just wanted to be here and get an in-depth look at what a medical career could look like. I wanted to understand what it’s like and see what happens on a daily basis.
Did you know going into the internship you wanted to learn about ophthalmology?
I didn’t necessarily want an internship in only that medical field; I really just wanted to experience the medical field. I was definitely interested in ophthalmology before I came, but now I find it even more fascinating and really interesting now that I have gotten to learn so much about it.
What’s the most interesting thing you have learned about ophthalmology?
How much small things affect the eyes; there is so much going on, but it’s still controlled.
What is a typical week like for you?
Mondays and Tuesdays I shadow the floor manager, on Wednesday there are Operating Room check-ups with the pediatricians. Thursdays I get to observe surgery and on Fridays I shadow the doctors. Each week I get a really well-rounded experience and get to see completely different things. 
What was the coolest thing you have done or seen so far?
I actually got to observe an eye surgery. They had to remove something from the eye that could be cancerous.
Wow, that seems like a pretty intense internship experience. Were you expecting the internship to allow you to be so involved?
The internship is exactly what I wanted. If anything, I’ve actually gotten to see more than what I thought coming in. 
How was it working with all of the doctors?
I was the youngest person interning at the hospital, but that didn’t matter. Everyone is so nice and will always answer any question I have.  


JKCP Interns with the Wills Eye Hospital MentorsDo you have any advice for other students considering an internship?
Anyone should do an internship if they are interested in something and have the opportunity. It’s a great way to get to know if something you are interested in is actually going to be a career you will like!


What about residential life; what is that like?
It’s really fun and you have a good amount of independence. There is a lot of time in the evenings and weekends to just hang out with friends.


What is the campus like?
It’s crazy – everyone is doing stuff all the time. There are so many people to meet and things to see. It’s really easy to make friends and there is always something fun to do.

While Devon got a chance to learn the ins and outs of the opthalmology world, JKCP offers internships in many fields. If you are interested in a real professional experience unlike any other program in Philadelphia, schedule your consultation with Colleen today! We would love to find the perfect company for you!


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