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Michael Mosbach

Major: Kinesiology and Health

Minor/option/emphasis: Exercise Science

Year: Senior
Hometown/State: Chariton

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Mary Greeley Medical Center
Company/Organization website:
Title: Cardiac Rehab Specialist
Destination: Ames, IA
Timeframe: Spring 2016

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
My responsibilities included applying telemetry patches on patients, acquiring resting and exercising blood pressures, monitoring telemetry and RPE scales, as well as updating patient charts after every session, and completing generic office busy work during slower days.

I accomplished...
My accomplishments included completing my goals of of mastering the ability of acquiring blood pressures on patients, vastly improving my skills of monitoring telemetry and my goal of working with two patients per exercise session was met shortly after halfway through my internship.

My most valuable effort...
I was given the opportunity to present information on resistance training's role in cardiac rehab in a room of healthcare professionals. It was valuable in the fact that it helped my confidence to grow greatly and it validated my role in the agency. My supervisors were able to see that i was knowledgable in my field and that I could be a great asset to the agency.

I learned...
My greatest learning experience was having the chance to sit in on a few angiograms/angioplasties. This is one of the first procedures performed when a patient comes to the hospital reporting cardiac symptoms and can mean life or death for many people. I was able to learn the entire process from first intervention all the way to the end of the rehabilitation process.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I have from this internship is having the freedom to overlook phase III rehab. It is a less hands on experience that is mainly for patients who want to continue lifelong supervised exercise. My supervisor gave me the freedom to work with the patients on my own, while she was in the room, and it vastly improved my confidence and knowledge in the field.

A surprising discovery...
Something unexpected for me was how high risk some of these patients are. Some of the patients I worked with were just weeks removed from quintuple bypass surgery that saved their lives. It was amazing to see them walking on a treadmill and striving to become healthier. It will change the manner in which I approach cardiac rehab in that in that it helped me understand just how serious and important this profession is, and strive to do my best every single day.

Advice for others...
My advice would be to retain as much knowledge as you can in your time with the agency. Sitting in a lecture hall is one way of acquiring knowledge, but there is honestly nothing like completing hands on work and being surrounded by your profession every day. Do not take that for granted.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I had always known of Mary Greeley's cardiac rehab program so I decided to make the first move and ask them although they were not advertising. It turns out that they had not had an intern in quite some time, and they were more than happy to take me on as a new intern.

I landed this assignment by...
I contacted Carrie Adams, the clinical supervisor of cardiac rehab at Mary Greeley, and an interview was set up to see if we both had similar interests in mind. It seemed like a perfect fit, so she was more than happy to allow me the opportunity to be an intern.

I wanted this experience because...
It seemed like a no-brainer to me. It is one of the best healthcare facilities in the area, and it was close to home, so naturally it was my first choice.

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