HCOP Internship Opportunities

Each student spends the majority of the day observing health care professionals and the roles that they play in the department to which he or she is assigned. Students typically start their day between 8:00 and 9:00 am. At 3:00 pm, all the students meet together to attend lectures related to rehabilitation and hospital care. Students also meet for weekly small group conferences to have discussions about medical ethics and problems faced by individuals with various types of handicaps and disabilities. Students may be placed in any one of the buildings that are part of the NYU Medical Center System such as NYU Langone Hospital, Hospital for Joint Disease, Bellevue Hospital, and the Ambulatory Care Center. All group activities will take place at the main campus, NYU Langone Medical Center.

Departments and Supervisors

NYU Langone Medical Center prides itself on having a world-renowned faculty and staff. In many cases, students will be working alongside people who are the leaders of their specialties. The following departments will be available during the summer of 2017:

Nurse Practitioner Physician Assistant
Clinical Nutrition and Food Services*
*(Only available in session one)
Psychology
Diagnostic Radiology Psychology Research
Emergency Medicine Rehabilitation Medicine
Horticultural Therapy Social Work
Nursing Speech Pathology
Occupational Therapy Creative Arts Therapy
Pharmacy Vocational Counseling
Physical Therapy

 

Placements

Emergency Medicine: The goal of the Emergency Medicine rotation is to provide students an exposure to the practice of Emergency Medicine. He/she will spend approximately 50% of their time in the Emergency Department; shadowing the physicians, nurses, residents, medical students and other staff members and participating in all educational conferences and rounds. Additionally, they will spend the remaining 50% of their time on various clinical services that interface with the ED. This may include but does not guarantee rotations with Pediatrics, Neurology, Stroke Service, Sports Medicine, Ethics and other disciplines.

Clinical Nutrition and Food Services: When assigned to the nutrition department in either NYU Langone Medical Center or Hospital for Joint Disease, students spend half of their time shadowing nutritionists around the hospital and half of their time working in the hospital’s food service facilities. While shadowing nutritionists around the hospital, students have the opportunity to read charts and observe the entire medical team in action through rounds and conferences. They observe patient interviews and the nutritional counseling of patients. While working in the hospital’s food service facilities, students have the opportunity to prepare food in the kitchen and aid in the preparation of the hospital’s food service budget.

"I followed different registered dietitians in different departments and specialties, including Transplant, Pediatrics, Oncology, Prenatal Intensive Care Unit, and the Natal Intensive Care Unit. In this way, I learned a great deal about the jobs carried out by registered dietitians. I also tested food trays and took the temperatures of food pods in the Food Service area. I evaluated and measured the ingredients in food products served in the cafeteria, and re-evaluated the nutritional facts on cafeteria menus."

Diagnostic Radiology: Students rotate through four subspecialty areas within diagnostic radiology such as thoracic, abdominal, pediatric, musculoskeletal and neuroimaging. Students shadow either a medical student or resident in the mornings observing readouts of both inpatient and outpatients’ studies, such as plain films, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging or fluoroscopic procedures. At noon, students attend case-based conferences and didactic lectures. Students are encouraged to attend interdisciplinary conferences pertinent to their rotation. Orientation and rotation assignments are overseen by Dr. Maria Shiau, Director of Medical Student Education in Radiology.

Horticultural Therapy: Horticultural therapy is the use of plants and nature as a modality for therapy. The Horticultural Therapy Department works with both pediatric and adult inpatients, out-patients and community programs. An integrated approach allows patients to practice the skills and strategies learned in PT, OT and SLP while participating in a stimulating, enjoyable educational experience. Students will experience direct patient contact while working with the Horticultural Therapist during individual, group and co-treatment sessions as well as opportunity to observe the goal building and charting processes.

Nursing: Students spend the day learning about various medications and procedures within a specialized nursing setting. Students have a great deal of patient contact because a lot of time is spent visiting with and talking to patients. Students also get to see the interactions between doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Some students will be placed on floors where they can observe the many different staff nurses at work on the floor, whereas other students are placed with one nurse practitioner and shadow them throughout their day seeing inpatients and outpatients.

"It was way more than I expected – I have nothing but compliments! "

Occupational Therapy: Some students are assigned to work in the occupational therapy department at the Rusk Institute and other students are assigned to work in the occupational therapy department at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Acute Care Center, or Bellevue Hospital. Students have daily contact with patients as they observe and actively help and assist with patient treatment. They often aid therapists in preparing material and equipment necessary for treatment. The students have the opportunity to observe and ask many questions.

"I followed different therapists and got to ask a ton of questions, and was even able to view a total knee replacement. I assisted with some daily chores such as cleanup after therapy sessions, and was taught how to read patient charts. Overall, the experience was very hands-on, and I had a lot of interaction with the patients."

Pharmacy: Students work in the various hospital pharmacies and assist in various tasks, as well as shadowing pharmacists on rounds. Working in a hospital pharmacy and a retail division gives a student a broad range of diverse job characteristics to observe and participate in. Research projects are also available. Depending on availability, students may be assigned to an outpatient or inpatient setting.

"I worked in manufacturing with the pharmacy technicians for a week. I then moved on to clinical pharmacy and went on transplant rounds. Other days I was part of the investigational pharmacy, satellite pharmacy, unit dosing, and clean room."

Physical Therapy: Some students are assigned to work in the physical therapy department at the Rusk Institute and other students are assigned to work in the physical therapy department at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, the Acute Care Center or Bellevue Hospital. There are a number of departments under the umbrella of physical therapy (i.e. pediatric, adult, inpatient, outpatient, acute, cardiac, pulmonary, vestibular, etc.). Depending on availability, students may be placed in any of the mentioned subspecialties for Physical Therapy. Students have daily contact with patients as they observe and actively help and assist with patient treatment. They often aid therapists in preparing material and equipment necessary for treatment. The students have the opportunity to observe and ask many questions.

"I followed a therapist as she went from patient to patient. She explained to me each patient’s chart before beginning a therapy session with that patient, and taught me about certain precautions and different types of ailments related to each therapy performed. I assisted with the exercises performed by the therapist, and was shown how to evaluate the patient as well as how to record patient information in a chart."

Physician Assistant: Students spend the day shadowing Physician Assistants and learning about various medications and procedures within specialized settings. Students get to see the role PA's play through interactions between doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Students also have the opportunity to observe appointments alongside their supervisors. Some students will also have the opportunity to observe specialized procedures if desired.

Psychology: An HCOP student’s primary responsibilities in this department may include participating in group cognitive and interpersonal remedial training sessions and giving structured feedback to our trainees (patients), under supervision. In addition, they are tasked with assisting the staff in preparing various program training materials. Research may play a role in this department and students could be asked to help with literature searches and enter data into spreadsheets for ongoing studies.

Psychology Research: The student has the opportunity to become involved in the research of a clinical psychologist. The student may help to recruit subjects, administer and score tests, and document data. Students also have patient interaction as they observe the psychologists while they conduct treatments. Students in this department are usually given two month placements. With the guidance of some supervisors, students may have the opportunity to aid psychologists in research.

Rehabilitation Medicine: Students have the opportunity to attend rounds and conferences alongside attending physicians and residents at Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, Bellevue Hospital, and Hospital for Joint Diseases. They are able to track the progress of the patients that they see during rounds and discuss during conferences by observing their various therapy sessions.

"I followed the unit chief resident, who works for the department’s attending physician, while she did some computer work and managed and assisted the first-year residents and medical students. She talked me through the physical medicine and rehabilitation procedures, explained the medical conditions that I was witnessing, and discussed possible treatments. Every morning, at 8am, I went on Grand Rounds with the doctors, and throughout the day, I sat-in on lectures and patient evaluation sessions. I learned a lot, but it is important to ask questions! Often, the doctors are very busy, and I reminded them of my presences by speaking up, taking initiative, and tagging along."

Social Work: Students have the opportunity to follow a social worker while they meet with inpatients and outpatients. They learn how to assess clients and even have the opportunity to write summaries and comments about the patients that they meet with. Students often are given the opportunity to practice counseling and evaluation by way of staff members acting out characters/scenarios for the students.

"I did a lot of observing – I observed the clinics at the Center for Children and followed the supervisor as she talked with ACS, provided care services, worked with insurance companies, and recorded data. I also went on rounds and observed the assessment of incoming and current patients and how to read patient charts. I observed patient interactions and sessions and the many aspects of the processes required to help the patients with concrete and emotional needs. I also gained a better understanding of all that is required for assisting patients after they leave the hospital, and how to make easier the lives of patients."

Speech-Language Pathology: Some students are assigned to work at the Rusk Institute and other students are assigned to work at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Bellevue Hospital, Acute Care Center or Tisch. Students spend time observing speech therapy sessions and evaluative procedures such as modified barium swallows through a daily in-service training and participate as part of the rehabilitation team. Students may have the opportunity to observe both pediatric and adult cases.

"I spent two weeks at the pediatric speech department and two weeks at the adult speech department. I had the ability to observe the sessions of various therapists, as well as perform clerical work for a portion of the day. I also observed therapy sessions at the Cochlear Center, Swallowing Center, and Head and Neck Center, allowing me to see the diversity of workplaces for a speech language pathologist."

Creative Arts Therapy: In this department, students may take children to the other departments when they have classes. Students play with children using various therapeutic toys and sometimes participate in arts and crafts projects during free time. The children thoroughly enjoy the individual attention they receive. There is also time for outings throughout the month, intended to boost self-esteem and confidence. For adult recreational therapy, the functions of the student are basically the same with adjustments made to the age and maturity level of the patient. Students can work with music and art therapists in various clinical settings.

Vocational Counseling: Students have the opportunity to observe vocational counselors as they assist patients in re-entering society with a newly acquired disability or handicap, or assist adults born with a disability in entering the work force. Students may have the chance to sit-in on counseling sessions, during which they might assist patients in practicing tasks of daily living or watch as counselors aid patients in revising their resumes with respect to their individual handicaps or in regaining functions crucial to their former careers. Students experience a lot of one-on-one time with patients in this department. Student can help vocational counselors organize patient charts, score exams, and add job opportunities to the database. This is a great placement for students interested in a career in social services.