Geisinger Medical Center’s Jan Plan brings students into the hospital for an intensive 9-day experience that provides a first hand look at the medical profession. Jan Plan students have the opportunity to interact with medical students, residents, and physicians during rounds, case study discussions, and observations. Among the medical specialties the students observed were Pathology, Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Urology, Gastroenterology, Orthopedics, Cardiology (Echo and Electrophysiology), Neonatal Intensive Care, Dermatology, Anesthesiology, Radiology, General Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Internal Medicine, and Radiology. Participating in Jan Plan this year were BAHS majors Shaidy Moronta, Justin VanDerMolen, and Jenny Young.
Shaidy, Justin, and Jenny reflect on their Jan Plan experiences:
"Jan Plan was a very fulfilling experience for me. During the course of this week I saw just how integrated the hospital system really was, how each department worked together to succeed at a common goal - healing the patient. It was quite endearing seeing how passionate every member of the hospital staff was about treating the people who put their complete trust in their hands. I was also taken aback by how easily each of the medical students, residents, and attending physicians took us under their wing despite their busy schedules and made sure that we got the most out of the experience. They tried to explain in depth every situation that was occurring at a level that we would comprehend." -Shaidy
"Jan Plan to me was a phenomenal experience and a rare opportunity to spend quality time and be side by side with attending physicians, resident physicians, and medical school students to see what they truly see. I think this experience is something every pre-med student should partake in because it really allows potential doctors to see what their jobs would be like and the positives and negatives involved in the process." -Justin
"Jan Plan was an invaluable experience that gave us the opportunity to really see the role physicians play in the healthcare system. From watching surgeries to seeing patient interactions, Jan Plan exposed us to many different aspects of life as a doctor. Through this experience I was able to develop a stronger desire to pursue a career as a physician." -Jenny
All agree that Jan Plan provided an excellent opportunity to learn first hand about the medical profession.
|Jan Plan participants Jenny Young and Shaidy Moronta|