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Christine Serowka

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: KIN-Exercise Science

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Cary, IL

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Northwest Community Hospital Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
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Title: Intern in Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
Destination: Arlington Heights, IL
Timeframe: 05/2016-08/2016

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I was responsible for...
I helped out on the exercise floor during the monitored sessions where patients would be hooked up to a heart monitor so the workers could track their EKG and notice any abnormalities. I would take blood pressures on the patients before, during, and after exercise, as well as help warm them up and cool them down by leading a group session for 10 minutes before they exercised as well as after. When I wasn't on the exercise floor, I went to the hospital where I would observe on the cardiac floor where they performed stress echocardiograms on the heart for patients who had concerns about chest pain or had made trips to the ER for chest discomfort. I would help hook them up to the monitors before their test and take their blood pressures throughout the test.

I will never forget...
My most memorable experience I have is getting to observe an open heart surgery. It was so thrilling to get to watch doctors truly patch up a broken heart, and getting to be a part of that experience was amazing. It truly rounded out my experience this summer because I was able to have the opportunity to see each stage of a person who goes through any sort of heart problems, from their initial heart test in the hospital, to their procedure in the hospital, to the cardiac rehab following their procedure. I find it fascinating what there is to offer for people who suffer with heart attacks of heart problems, and getting to be a part of the process to help minimize a person's risk to have more pain was truly a wonderful experience.

Advice for others...
Some advice I would give a student wanting to follow in my footsteps would be to take advantage of this internship opportunity to get your foot in the door at a hospital that can teach you more than you could imagine. I feel blessed that I was given this learning opportunity, and really learned more in three months than I could have ever guessed.

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