Published: Jul 21, 2010
International student Reed Masakayan ’12 had plans to go home to Dubai
this summer with a side trip to spend a month with relatives in the
Philippines. But instead of a relaxing retreat, Masakayan found himself
confronted with an appendectomy, abdominal explorations and kidney stone
Masakayan, a biology and pre-medicine major who spent
most of his childhood in Manila, decided to make the most of his time
abroad by interning at the Cruz-Rabe Maternity and General Hospital in
“There are generally a lot of opportunities for medical
students in the Philippines,” said Masakayan who was intrigued by the
variety of the cases he knew he’d be exposed to in a hospital. As an
intern, he helped record diagnosis for the doctors, measure blood
pressure and answer patient inquiries in the emergency room. He also
observed and asked a lot of questions.
classes at The University of Tampa helped give him a better
understanding of the cases he saw revolve through the hospital doors.
good number of the patients were diagnosed with food poisoning and
parasitic infections. So in such cases, I had a general knowledge of the
etiology of the concerned bacteria or parasite,” Masakayan said. “I'm
positive this experience will help me, especially in my higher biology
courses, particularly parasitology and immunology.”
Dr. Wayne Price, a UT biology professor, said Masakayan’s experience in the Philippines was unusual for an undergraduate.
only did he get to see a wide variety of medical cases, including
tropical diseases, but he was able to observe a health care system that
is quite different from the one in the United States,” said Price. “And,
of course, the experience will make a great addition to his application
to medical schools.”
Masakayan is active in UT’s
pre-professional club, Skull and Bones. He said the internship left an
impression and confirmed his ultimate goal of becoming a doctor.
whole experience was memorable,” he said. “The resident doctors and
nurses were really welcoming. There was never a dull moment.”Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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