One of our most hands-on internships here at Road2Argentina is with local health clinics around the city. These internships give anyone interested in the field of medicine or public health the opportunity to work side-by-side with doctors and community members to treat patients and offer preventative information and care in some of the most vulnerable areas of Buenos Aires. Here to tell us about his experience as a Roadie is Andrew, from George Mason University in Washington D.C.
Where do you intern in Buenos Aires:
I intern in two medical clinics where I am learning about trauma care, psychiatry, and psychology. I’m working with multiple doctors while learning about public health in clinical and public settings.
Describe a typical day in your internship:
Usually it consists of shadowing a doctor of some sort, however as I’m growing with my Spanish skills and learning more, more opportunities are opening up to me. I’m learning to read x-rays, putting people in stints for injured hands, and soon enough I’ll be helping run psychological tests to help improve brain plasticity. I even recently got the opportunity to go out and feed the homeless! I don’t really have a typical day because I do so many different things.
The most interesting thing you’ve done as an intern:
I spoke to a nine year old homeless girl in a mixture of Spanish and English and helped her a little with her homework while out feeding the homeless.
What you’ve learned through your internship:
Ask questions! They’re the best way to learn anything somewhere where practical experience means everything. They’re not going to give you anything you can’t handle.
What skills you’ve developed that you can apply to your future employment or studies:
Well, I can definitely make a stent out of household items at this point! I feel like I’m just beginning, but my advanced conversational Spanish is definitely something I’ve noticed improving, and as well I’ve been learning my way around a busy doctors office.
The greatest challenge you’ve faced so far as an intern:
I think it’s the waiting. I feel like I’m waiting for more and more work to do. However, I’ve definitely been learning a lot and my Spanish has been improving greatly.
Your biggest accomplishment so far as an intern:
Feeding the homeless is definitely on the top! I love public health programs and the people I went out with were the best, as well as the people I was working for.
How interning in Buenos Aires has affected your outlook on the medical field:
It’s definitely broadened my horizons on what it means to work in the health field. I’m constantly looking forward to what I’ll be doing next and what new experiences a new day will bring me! For me it’s that not only do I have the chance to work with multiple doctors and explore different fields of health, but I’m also doing it all in Spanish. It truly is an immersion experience.