Colby Joncas.

Project Description

Orthopedic Trauma Undergraduate Summer Internship


Through my experience shadowing physicians in Vascular Surgery and Neurology, I have learned that medicine is imperfect and frustrating at times, but more importantly it is exceptionally rewarding to aid patients during some of the darkest days of their lives. I watched as an ALS patient courageously endured the devastating effects of such a dreadful disease. I eagerly peeked over the vascular surgeon’s shoulder during a femoropopliteal bypass surgery on an elderly gentleman who feared losing his leg. I was equally amazed by the professionalism and empathy displayed by a neurologist treating a young girl suffering from both epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Each of these instances reaffirms my decision to pursue a career in medicine, and a crucial step that will propel me along this journey is the Orthopedic Trauma Undergraduate Summer Internship through Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

My time spent studying clinical neuroscience in Europe fostered maturity and a curious nature that will allow me to benefit enormously from the Orthopedic Trauma Summer Internship. In Denmark, I had one professor in particular who sparked my interest in clinical research. His work focuses on ADHD drug development and novel therapeutic solutions, and his passion for treating patients and finding novel solutions was truly contagious. His Psychopharmacology course provided not only an opportunity to see the countless drug options available to treat psychiatric disorders, but more importantly, it allowed me to see the many holes that still exist in treatment and the vast amount of work that still needs to be done. I am excited about the possibility of contributing to a team of clinical researchers and am confident that the Orthopedic Trauma Initiative will furnish countless opportunities for growth as a future physician.

In addition to the research aspect of this internship, I am also particularly excited about the clinical exposure in the emergency and operating rooms which will provide a unique opportunity for me to contribute to the treatment of patients prior to medical school. I cherish the prospect of working alongside medical students and doctors who possess invaluable personal insight into the career path that I am so passionate about pursuing. Following graduation from Bowdoin, I plan to work in biomedical research before matriculating into medical school. This clinical research internship will be especially helpful when applying to future research positions, and if this summer goes well I may continue with the Orthopedic Trauma Initiative as a clinical research coordinator before medical school.

Project Details

  • Date December 5, 2018
  • Tags 2018, Healthcare, Science
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