Two student interns from St. Olaf College spent the summer shadowing the Consultative Health and Medicine team, gaining valuable experience and insights along the way.
The internships were established and led by Consultative Health physician Chris Johnson, MD, a St. Olaf graduate and adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota. Their intent is to give prospective healthcare professionals a real-world look at patient care in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities.
“This opportunity not only gives students in-depth experience that will help them apply and interview for medical school,” says Johnson. “It gives them insight into the very human side of patient care, especially the critical relationships we have with those patients in memory care, and their families.”
Throughout the summer, two students joined the Consultative Health and Medicine team for 18 to 20 hours a week, visiting patients in facilities around the Twin Cities. They learned skills in medical interviewing and physical examinations, and gained knowledge around the evolving business and regulatory environment of healthcare.
“The internship is modeled after what students can expect during clinical rotations,” says Johnson. “And we hope it also gives them a glimpse into the unique rewards of working with elderly patients.”
This year was the fifth year of the internship program, which was recently featured in an article in the St. Olaf College newspaper.