‘One Step Closer to becoming Dr. Dills’ By MIT Jakayla Dills

To be a returning intern at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin is a goal I set for myself. This was truly a humbling journey and experience. Last summer, I was working in Ambulatory Services and this year I took on a new role in the department of Community Engagement. This was a new role in which I had no prior experience but I was willing to take on the challenge. The department is fairly new to Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin, but as a team we worked together to get tasks completed. Check out my blog below on my internship experience:

I have had the great pleasure of finishing my second summer interning with Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin. The previous summer, I interned in the Ambulatory Services Department, under my manager, Sharron Coffie and mentor Kimberly Maclin. I learned about the professional side of healthcare such as, business etiquette, requesting and setting meetings, shadow experiences, attending healthcare business meetings, and taking minutes for key leaders in the organization. Through this experience, I finally began to see the transition of me becoming an actual adult and how good it felt to be welcomed as a college student, and to be taken serious.

Between my manager and mentor I was able to shadow in numerous areas within the hospital such as: Orthopedic Surgery, Mom/Baby Unit, Labor/Delivery, and other non-clinical areas as well, which broaden my horizon even more. Then I was invited back again this past summer 2014, this time I was in a different position of a non-clinical role, Community Engagement, under my manager Monique Graham and I was lucky enough to have another summer spent with Sharron Coffie as my mentor. Coming into this role as an intern, I did not know what to expect, but it did not take me long to appreciate and enjoy the other aspect of healthcare which was helping the underprivileged, and providing resources within the community for people to continue to take care of themselves.

I was involved with many community projects such as: Walk With A Doc Program, where a doctor from Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin met to walk with a group of people in the local community to promote health and wellness, Health Fairs within different schools and campuses where we promoted health and wellness with things such as proper hand washing, and The QR (Quick Reader) Project in which a group of interns and I formatted a digital screening resource to access Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin healthcare resources from an iPhone or smartphone. Although, I was not in a clinical setting it didn’t prevent me from networking and shadowing in other areas as well such as: OR, Trauma/Acute Care, Mom/Baby, Social Work, and the Cancer Center. Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin has provided me with an extra outlet of support and it motivates me to earn, receive and achieve my lifelong dream of becoming “Dr. Dills” specializing in pediatrics. It is definitely a medical school I would LOVE to attend.