With many student’s jobs and internships coming to a close this week, two IUDM executive council members had the opportunity to spend their summer at both Riley Hospital for Children and Riley Children’s Foundation.

Vice President of Finance, Allison Winstel, had this to say about her experience this summer:

“This summer I have had the absolute privilege of interning at Riley Hospital for Children and the Riley Children’s Foundation. My schedule changes day-to-day as I have had the opportunity to shadow hospital and IU Health system administrators, work on Lean process improvement events, and experience the behind-the-scenes of fundraising. 

Throughout all these experiences two themes have become clear: 

1) Every employee from the physicians, to the support staff, to the maintenance staff are truly there For The Kids, and 

2) It would absolutely not be possible without philanthropy, the work IUDM and many others do, and our donors.

Healthcare is going through many changes that are continuing to pressure hospitals to cut programs and reduce their costs.  This all comes at a time when more funds are needed to provide the type of family-centered care that Riley is known for.  One of the most rewarding parts of my summer is hearing from administrators, physicians, and others around the hospital about how donated funds have helped in lifesaving research, funding necessary programs, and making sure that at the end of the day, Riley is providing the best physical and emotional care for every child and family that comes through the door.”

Janaki Patel, Director of Riley Development, had the experience of a lifetime stating:
“This summer I have had the incredible opportunity to witness firsthand the inner workings of Riley Hospital as one of the ALC interns. The awesome thing about this internship is that it is completely catered to the student. As a pre-medical student who just applied to medical school, I wanted to be able to shadow and meet different physicians and learn their role in the hospital. 

Over the course of the summer, I have spent time with the Infectious Disease, Pulmonology, Neurology and Neonatology teams. This has involved shadowing the physicians and learning from whoever would teach me- an Infectious Disease doctor allowed me to discharge a patient and a Neurology medical student taught me how to do physical exams on patients, which were both very exciting for me! I also have been working on some Infectious Disease research. 

The best thing about the internship is that I have been able to see how the cause I’ve been working for over the course of my college career is so incredibly unique, partly due to the nature of the physicians at Riley. Over the summer, I have seen a physician pay out of his own pocket for a family’s medication, I have seen multiple tearful send-offs to different patients and their families, and lastly I have seen how there is a mindset at Riley that pervades the entire institution. This mindset is one of humility and selflessness. 

Overall, this summer has taught me more than I could have imagined. From seeing extremely rare medical conditions and learning how to treat them to watching physician-patient interactions that I can only hope to have someday, I have had more than my fill. It has also helped me grow as a person and as a student and I know it will help me both personally and professionally for the rest of my life.”