CCPA Summer Series: OptumCare

CCPA Summer Series: OptumCare

By Arielle Schultz As a premed Biology major, my Haverford courses have given me ample exposure to the cellular processes at the root of human health. To learn more about the practice of medicine, I knew I wanted to spend this summer engaged in a patient-care centered environment. Thanks to funding from the Jaharis Primary Care Pre-Medical Internship, I spent my summer as an intern with a family medicine physician at the OptumCare clinic in Cypress, CA. Family Medicine providers see patients of all ages, which lends to an interesting variety of cases. From children who had incurred sports injuries to senior citizens developing dementia, I observed the full breadth of health care management that falls under the umbrella of Family Medicine. Some patients come in once a year for an annual physical, while others with chronic conditions may need to schedule appointments every 3-4 months. Health care providers have to be able to both manage chronic conditions over several years and quickly diagnose and assess acute illnesses and injuries. The physician I shadowed often said to patients, “Sometimes it’s my job to push you into the medical vortex, and sometimes it’s my job to pull you out.” An advantage of healthcare today is patients’ access to subspecialists who can provide expert care and innovative treatment. But diagnostics can be invasive, treatments have risks, and certain medications have negative interactions. Thus, it is part of the Primary Care provider’s job to distinguish red flags from common symptoms or signs of aging, and to advise the patient and their family on whether to consult further medical care or wait-and-see. I...
Weekly Events: September 30 – October 6

Weekly Events: September 30 – October 6

Walk-in Advising Schedule (15 min drop-in appointments, 2:30-4:30 p.m) Mon- Jason Chan Tues- Laura reiter Weds- Amanda Dennis Thurs- Amy Feifer Fri- Jennifer Barr Events Tuesday, October 1 Yale Law School: Meet with the Director of JD Admissions 12:00 p.m., Room 200- Campus Center, BMC TD Virtual Information Session Series – Human Resources 4:00 p.m., Virtual Event- See link above. Wednesday, October 2 Pre-Law: Villanova Law School Fair 11:00 a.m., 299 N Spring Mill Rd, Villanova Friday, October 4 Fords on Friday: Bob Elwood ’82 12:00 p.m., Stokes 300 Application Deadline: SAP Site Visit and Meet & Greet Opportunity for Tri-Co 11:55 p.m., Apply Online for Newtown Square Event (Transportation provided)- See link...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: The Child Mind Institute

CCPA Summer Series 2019: The Child Mind Institute

By Nicole Litvitskiy The Child Mind Institute I have spent my summer as a Clinical Summer Intern at the Child Mind Institute in New York City. The Child Mind Institute is a nonprofit organization that provides psychological assessment and treatment for children, adolescents, and young adults. As an intern, I had the opportunity to be involved in various aspects of the organization. As a group of seven interns, we are exposed to several treatments for a variety of psychological disorders, including receiving training on specific treatment techniques. Throughout our 11 weeks here, we all have the opportunity to observe neuropsychological testing, in which children are assessed on their IQ and several additional measures in a holistic process.  Additionally, Child Mind uses Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to treat children who present disruptive and oppositional behavior. I had the opportunity to set up these sessions, provide childcare according to PCIT guidelines, and observe these sessions. One of the biggest portions of the clinical summer internship at Child Mind is our involvement in the treatment of Selective Mutism, both in the office and off-site for a program called Brave Buddies. Selective Mutism is an anxiety disorder in which children are typically talkative at home, but experience a significant amount of anxiety outside the home that leads to an inability to speak. This makes it difficult for children with Selective Mutism to succeed in school and other social situations. The Child Mind Institute uses a behavioral approach based on PCIT to treat Selective Mutism. As part of my internship I received training on how this treatment is provided. Throughout the summer, we conducted weekly...
Weekly Events: September 16-22

Weekly Events: September 16-22

Walk-in Advising Schedule (15 min drop-in appointments, 2:30-4:30 p.m) Mon- Jennifer Barr Tues- Laura reiter Weds- Amanda Dennis Thurs- Amy Feifer Fri- Jason Chan Events Monday, September 16 Child Life Career Workshop , Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 9:00 a.m., 3501 Civic Center Boulevard, Philadelphia Generative Decision Making with Sam Slade, Co-founder of Percolabs, Sponsored by HIP 4:15 p.m., VCAM 201 Tuesday, September 17 Hamilton Lane Advisors Information Session 6:30 p.m., Faculty Dining Room – Dining Center Wednesday, September 18 Idealist Grad School Fair: Philadelphia 2019 5:00 p.m., 1913 North Broad Street, Philadelphia Launch Your Tech Career (For Non-Techies!) 6:00 p.m., Virtual Event- See link above. Flipboard Information Session 6:30 p.m., Dorothy Vernon Room – New Dorm, Bryn Mawr The Doctor-Patient Relationship: What it Means to be a Competent Physician 7:00 p.m., Room 25, Park Science Building, Bryn Mawr College Thursday, September 19 Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment Information Session 12:00 p.m., Swarthmore Room – Dining Center Graduate School 101 – Tips on the Admissions Process – Guest Speaker: Donald C. Martin, Ph.D. 6:30 p.m., Chase Auditorium Boston Consulting Group (BCG) Summer Internship Connection Event for Tri-Co 7:00 p.m., 1735 Market Street, Philadelphia Urban Teachers Information Session 7:00 p.m., Workshop Room, Parrish Hall 159, Swarthmore College Friday, September 20 Policy and Government Career Fair 2019 11:00 a.m., 3417 Spruce St, Philadelphia Fords on Friday: Ali Wolf ’98 2:00 p.m., Stokes...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: DLL

CCPA Summer Series 2019: DLL

By Charlie Russ Hello! My name is Charlie Russ and I am a rising senior, political science major, and Men’s lacrosse player. This summer I had the wonderful opportunity to intern at DLL. I was placed into the project management department with Matt Jennings, where I would be helping DLL roll-out their new operations system called MOSAIC. Going into it, I was nervous because I knew I would be working closely with computer developers, something I knew absolutely nothing about! However, these concerns were swiftly quelled by my supportive coworkers who were always eager to help me. Right off the bat, I was tasked with solving a critical problem in their line of communication between developers and business support. I had complete freedom to create my own solution. This was very empowering for me as an intern because not only did my supervisors entrust me with a significant problem, they also let me be creative and independent in my approach. In a nutshell, I built a new system for reporting upcoming functionality in MOSAIC to business support. This report allowed our development team to more efficiently solve production problems for business support as well as inform business support and clients of upcoming functionality being delivered. This enabled DLL to deliver more functionality faster to our customers. During this project, I built upon the communication and writing skills I have been honing at Haverford. Additionally, this project greatly enhanced my Excel skills, and I also learned how to use SalesForce. These hard technical skills are things that will definitely be useful to me in the future, and I’m elated to...