Obtaining these amazing rotations seemed to me as a 'dream come true' because NYPH is among the top-ranked hospitals in the U.S., so I was really excited and motivated. I did two 4 weeks rotations in Pediatric Neurology and Clinical Nephrology, respectively. Few days before, we had an orientation meeting with Mrs. D. Young, the lovely elective coordinator and it was interesting to meet medical students from all around the world.
Since the beginning, I was always made to feel welcome and a part of the team. I was assigned patients to pre-round on them, to present their cases to the fellow and/or attending, and to give my assessment and plan on them. I attended several fascinating academic activities, where some cases were discussed and the latest advances were presented. In Nephrology, I also assisted in some procedures as renal biopsy and central venous catheterization. In Pediatric Neurology, I gave a talk about Mitochondrial Myopathies and became involved in writing a case report, so I could not be more delighted. Moreover, I joined the outpatient setting during both rotations. Throughout all the rotation, we met some Spanish-speaking patients, and I felt very pleased to serve also as a translator for the attending in those situations.
I strongly feel that I have acquired an invaluable clinical experience by doing these fantastic rotations and I will be forever grateful to all the attending, fellows and residents I met. In addition, living in NYC has been awesome. I lived on campus, so I met many Cornell and international students and we had great time. I went to Times Square for New Year's Eve which was an exciting adventure, and I visited the top landmarks and attractions. Finally, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Dr. M. Finkel and the Office of Global Health Education for this truly memorable experience.