Allied Health Major and Biology and Psychology Minors
Research Assistant at New York Medical College
Stephanie Zandel ’22 was fully in-person throughout the internship, enabling her to do a variety of tasks, from data collection to working with patients directly. She also shadowed healthcare professionals such as nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, psychologists and neuropsychologists. She attended rounds in a variety of specialties such as bone-marrow transplant, hematology-oncology, neurology-oncology, survivorship, and solid tumor. Zandel also created a detailed report of findings and improvements needed for the wellness program at Maria Fareri.
She was paired with the Medical Center through the College’s W.I.S.E. Program. “I wouldn’t have had my experience if I wasn’t chosen for the competitive all women career development program, which I’m so grateful for.”
“I had a remarkable experience at my internship and feel more knowledgeable about many aspects of the healthcare field,” she says. “I learned about research protocols, consenting patients, and improving my research skills. I gained a better perception of patient medical experiences and the psychosocial impact it has on their lives. I also expanded my medical vocabulary and better understand the dynamics of integrated care.”
She points to her experiences in Sigma Delta Tau sorority, Operation Smile and a LOVE trip as good preparation for her internship. Zandel holds leadership positions in a number of clubs, including the president of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honor Society, co-president of the Pre-Nursing Club, awareness chair of Operation Smile and genetics research assistant in Manhattan College’s Biology Department.“These roles and the students I’ve met through these organizations encouraged me to take initiative in finding two internships the previous summer: interning for the Afya Foundation, a medical supply recovery organization, and interning for the Exercise Coach, a fitness franchise.”
Zandel says this internship confirmed her desire to pursue a career in nursing. “I think my experience made me more confident in my abilities as a leader, which I apply to my current leadership positions on campus.”