A SHARP Perspective into Hospital Life

Hannah Adeniyi, COL ’23, Baltimore, MD

This summer I had the opportunity to work at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as a part of the Student Hospitalist Academic Research Program (SHARP). This was a program focused on mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in some capacity within the medical field.

During my time at Bayview, I was placed in the hands of an internal medicine physician, who acted as both a teacher and a mentor. As this program really wanted to expose its students to all aspects of what it means to work within a hospital, I was fortunate enough to get an insider perspective of hospital functioning. One of the biggest projects I was given was to evaluate one of the programs running out of the Collaborative Inpatient Medicine Service (CIMS) team. The program I was to evaluate is known as the Medical Office Coordinator (MOC) role, which had been developed to provide administrative support to CIMS hospitalists. My objective was to gather information as to why hospitalists were under-utilizing these MOCs, resulting in them taking on a lot more administrative tasks than needed and affecting the amount of bedside time they spent with patients. This project allowed me to interview hospitalists at all levels (sub-interns, interns, residents, and providers) to hear what they found valuable about the program and what improvements they wished to see. At the end of summer I presented my findings to my supervisor and his team, of which we further spent time conversing about how to implement some of the needed fixes to reform the program.

Asides from working on the MOC program, I was also given the opportunity to shadow two internal medicine providers on their clinical rounds. On rounds I was able to learn about different illnesses, treatment plans, and the overall hospitalization workflow. I was able to interact with nursing staff, case management, and social work teams, observing how they too contribute to patient care. This experience also opened doors for me to meet other students, with some sharing similar careers passions as me and other having different career goals. It was extremely interesting to experience firsthand the multidisciplinary system working within medicine. I was also allowed to sit in on meetings among providers, learning more about their own individual research projects and other hospital-related agendas. I also attended multiple webinars via Zoom, ranging from topics in collecting qualitative data, assessing AI within medicine, healthcare access, medical discrimination, and so much more.

This was such an incredible experience that I was able to participate in with the help of Career Services. I was able to solidify my passion for medicine and gain broader insight on the inter working of hospital life. The advice and support I received from the team I worked with has only encouraged me more in to becoming a physician myself. I am so thankful for being able to invest more into myself this summer. Thank you for making that possible!

This is part of a series of posts by recipients of the 2022 Career Services Summer Funding Grant. We’ve asked funding recipients to reflect on their summer experiences and talk about the industries in which they spent their summer. You can read the entire series here.

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