Ritu Gyawali has been interning with OSF St. Mary Medical Center in
Galesburg, Illinois. She works with the administrative departments as well as
on varying projects. Currently, she is updating the hospital's policies and procedures, revising the discharge policy, auditing clinical documentation, and updating the electronic filing system. Ritu also has the opportunity to attend meetings with the hospital directors and board members. She regularly attends meetings on and off site, even at Monmouth during a day-long retreat, and "daily briefing" meetings with all of the hospital directors.
How did you learn about this opportunity?
Learning about this opportunity was a coincidence: "being at the right place at the right time" as Terrie Saline said. I was having lunch with my Knox College employers, John Haslem, Laura Bush, and Stephanie Grimes, and Terrie happened to be there as well. She mentioned this health care related internship, and the whole process gave way from there. Terrie, along with my employers, helped me prepare for everything leading up to getting chosen for this internship: reviewing my resume, providing mock interviews, and excusing me from work whenever necessary.
Can you cite an example of how your out-of-the-classroom experiences at Knox have benefited you in the internship?
At Knox, I work at the Center for Teaching and Learning where I use Excel every day to analyze Red Room and Writers' Block data. I also became more familiar with Excel due to my Introductory Physics courses' lab sections. These experiences helped me earlier during the internship as I had to work with Excel to extract medical codes from a document and separate each code into individual cells.
How do you think this internship experience will benefit you in terms of your education, future career plans, personal development, etc.?
Working for the administrative department at OSF St. Mary Medical Center has allowed me to better understand the entirety of the health field as I desire to pursue medicine. I have learned that the administrative goal is "to serve those who help serve others." Therefore, as a future member of the medical field, I will have the background knowledge to better appreciate my administration. This experience has also motivated me to consider pursuing an administrative role in the health field further down the road.
What programs or people have provided any grants, funding or financial assistance for your internship?
Mr. James Straus, through the Bastian Center for Career and Pre-Professional Development, provided me with financial assistance for this internship.
What has been the best part of your internship so far?
One of the many cool parts of the internship has been the opportunity to be able to attend so many different meetings that include chief members of the OSF Health Care System. At one of the meetings I attended, the Areawide Board Meeting, I actually met one of Knox College's trustees. It is also great to see and experience how so many different educational backgrounds come together to form the medical field.