Summer Medical Program Proves to be Invaluable to Rhodes Students


Publication Date: 8/6/2009

Four Rhodes students recently participated in Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation’s (BMHCC) Summer Scholar Program, an enrichment program for students interested in pursuing a career in the medical field.  The interns visited different parts of the hospital, observing physicians, nurses, physical therapists, health administrators and clinicians. 
Here is what they had to say about their experiences:

Yuriy Brodskiy ’11, a chemistry major from Memphis, TN said, “This internship program has made me more aware of the increasing importance of technology in health care. After discussing specific cases with different physicians in the hospital, I better understand why communication is so important to diagnose a case quickly and commence treatment.”
Brodskiy aspires to be a medical doctor.

Cassie Burton’10, a biology major from Newport, AR said, “My experience indeed provided a well-rounded overview of the hospital as a system as well as the individual areas of medical professions. During this program, I was struck with amazement at the achievements of medicine.  Although the medical field is not without flaws, the professionals’ capacities to manipulate the human body to restore homeostasis and improve a patient’s quality of life are phenomenal.  Experiences such as this renew my passion for medicine and re-ignite my motivation to enter a field where I can impact so many human lives.” 

Burton’s career aspirations are to attend medical school and possibly train to be a surgeon. 

Scott Galloway ’10,  a biochemistry and molecular biology major from Murfreesboro, TN said, “The strength of this program was the ability to show us that there is much more to medical care beyond the basic patient, doctor, nurse triangle.  It showed us that patient care involves a huge web of people important to running the hospital.  We also gained an appreciation of how important instant connections are to creating a trust bond between patient and physician.”

Galloway plans to attend medical school and practice medicine in underserved areas.

Kristen Lee ’10,  a physics major from Prospect, KY said, “I am particularly interested in internal medicine, pediatrics, oncology, and physiatry.  This internship was invaluable because it showed me how course material translates into real life, and it helped me pinpoint why I love medicine.  It truly exposed me to all the areas of the hospital, making it different than most summer jobs.  I feel very lucky to have had this opportunity.”

Lee plans to attend medical school and become a doctor.

Pictured in the photo are (left to right) Stephen Reynolds, President and CEO of BMHCC; Kristen Lee; Scott Galloway; Cassie Burton; Yuriy Brodskiy; Dr. Suzanne Bonefas of Rhodes; and Dr. Richard Drewry, BMHCC Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.