Where are you interning/did you intern?
I had the incredible opportunity to Job Shadow a general dentist, Dr. Gwen Giannina.
What are/were your responsibilities as an intern?
As an intern, my responsibilities were to take notes, observe, and learn from various dental procedures and processes. (i.e. root canals, fillings, crowns) I was also responsible to learn proper healthcare etiquette. I was required to understand the proper sterilization processes and cleaning procedures of dental equipment. Moreover, I was taught to learn about the proper organization and set up of rooms prior to patient procedures for safety and efficiency purposes.
Describe a typical day at your internship.
A typical day at my Job Shadow experience started with me coming in and changing into the proper attire: lab coat, safety glasses, latex gloves. From there, the day was tentative. Some days would be super busy, with back- to- back procedures, while others were relatively steady. Every day, I had the opportunity to view a dental case that was so unique from the prior day’s.
What is/was your favorite thing about your internship?
As explained above, the typical day was tentative. Some days I saw many procedures that were complex and other days we focused more on behind the scenes work. What kept me going was how interesting every day was. There was never a dull moment in the office. I was constantly meeting new people and learning about new cases.
What is/was the most valuable skill you developed in this internship that you can use in your future career?
The most valuable skill that I developed during this experience is the reminder to always keep an open mind. Every day, new obstacles and events come up, and we must be strong enough to believe in ourselves in achieving anything with an open mind and willingness to try new things.
What was something unexpected that happened during your internship, or resulted because of your internship?
I experienced a revelation during my job shadow experience that has given me a new outlook on my career path. Through shadowing a General Dentist, I got to observe how the doctor ran her office as well as completed her everyday tasks through her medical background. I was shocked to realize how engaged and interested I was in the management/financial side of this field. This enabled me to shift my career goals in realizing that I was more motivated by a different aspect of this job than I had originally planned. This job shadow opportunity has opened the door to so many areas of the medical field for me, not just the practicing side.
What advice or words of wisdom can you share for other students who may be interested in pursuing this internship, or a similar one?
Keep an open mind! Never limit your opportunities. This internship has taught me that while creating a pathway to your future is important, so is being young and trying new things… take advantage of your youth, and EXPLORE your opportunities. Whether this experience serves to deepen your passions or discover new ones (as it did for me), you can’t go wrong with giving it a try!
Jaclyn Alburtus is an Accounting major, and she is expected to graduate in 2020.