||Hannah Webster ’14, a biology major with a pre-medicine concentration, always wanted to be a doctor but wasn’t sure if she’d be the type to faint in an operating room.
As one of six UT students participating in a summer internship program with UT and the Tampa General Hospital Medical Group, she has proven not to be — she witnessed a kidney transplant and liver resection all without hitting the floor.
This boost of confidence is part of the intended outcome of the summer clinical research internship. The three-month intensive program allows the students to shadow doctors in the operating room, in outpatient clinics and on rounds, perform statistical analysis, and write and submit abstracts and manuscripts for publication.
“This program is about giving somebody an opportunity to really have a stand out chance of getting into medical school,” said Macnish Christian ’11, Tampa General’s clinical research data coordinator in the Center for Outpatient Research Excellence (CORE).
For Wayne Price, a UT Dana professor of biology, the opportunity was exceptional.
“It is difficult to arrange even shadowing experiences for undergraduates at hospitals much less a summer program involving shadowing and clinical research with the possibility of resulting publications,” said Price. “This program will give our students an advantage when applying to medical schools as well as expand their view of the medical field and the various professions in it.”