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During My Internship

During my internship at Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, I learned more about orthopaedics than I ever thought I could. The most important part of my internship was paying close attention to detail, and asking questions whenever I could. For starters, I had heard about ACL surgery my whole life growing up in sports, but I never really knew how it could be reconstructed. I learned from Dr. Myers that there are many methods that doctors use, but he only refers to three. The most common method involves taking a strip of tendon out of the hamstring, and using that as the new ACL. This gives the patient a higher chance of a successful surgery and recovery, because the body will recognize the tendon, and grow around it, making it more stable. The second method is taking part of the patellar tendon, but this can cause long-term problems in the patella down the road. Lastly, the cadaver graft, a piece of tendon from a deceased person’s body, is used to reconstruct the ACL. This method has a newly exposed high failure rate, and Dr. Myers hasn’t performed this surgery in many years. His favorite is using the hamstring. I also learned about a new method of bone and soft tissue healing. It involves centrifuging the patient’s own blood, and separating the plasma and the concentrated cell platelets. These platelets are then injected into the area of concern, allowing an easier method of repairing bone or soft tissue. The platelets

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Internship Experience

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved science. I love discovering ingenious explanations for seemingly simple aspects of life, or realizing that scientists have already tackled what I thought was impossible. But I truly found my passion in biology freshman year, and further explored it in AP Biology this past junior year. In this class, I learned about evolution, genetics, humans, plants, animals, and so much more. That passion is one of the main factors that encouraged me into considering a career as a doctor, another factor being the sense of self-fulfillment that comes along with helping others. I’m incredibly excited to be taking Neuroscience and Anatomy next year, and both might help me specify what kind of doctor I’d like to be. But this summer, I wanted to experience a doctor’s in-clinic job firsthand so that I could gauge whether I was thinking down the right path, and that’s how I began interning at Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. Each day, I learn so many new things. Some of these are about anatomy, surgeries, or procedures; others are about how a doctor’s office works and the paperwork that goes on behind the scenes. Regarding the medical aspect, I had no idea that there could be so many possible injuries in a single shoulder or knee! Through shadowing Dr. Myers, we’ve encountered tears in the meniscus, ACL, labrum, rotator cuff, and so many more. Before this internship, I hadn’t heard even heard of most of these body parts, but

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Summer Internship

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to pursue a career in the medical field.  When I was in high school, I had the opportunity to take a Sports Medicine class that solidified my desire to learn more about the human body.  I went on to take Anatomy and Physiology my senior year, and now I’ve been able to go to college and continue my education about medicine through Athletic Training, Biology, and Physical Education courses. I’ve been lucky enough to play sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball, and rugby since I was a child, and along with those sports came injuries. Luckily, I was only plagued by minor sports injuries like contusions and strained muscles. But then I went to college, and the competition increased exponentially.  I wasn’t able to keep my clean bill of health when it came to getting hurt.  I learned that as I moved up in the level of competition, girls were tougher, halves were longer, and injuries became more serious. After my shoulder injury playing rugby for my college, I went to visit Dr. Myers and while there I learned about the summer internship opportunity. This proved to be fortuitous for me, because I have learned a tremendous amount this summer at Myers Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center. I learned quickly that many injuries we would see in the office seemed to come in waves. The first week I was there, we saw numerous patients with patellar issues but we haven’t seen any since then. Although

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