EDISON – Kush Mody, a sophomore at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School in North Edison, was the only high school student among pre-medical students to complete the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Program for Pre-Medical Students at St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark.
During the program, which ran from July 19 to August 13, Mody observed operations in key departments throughout the hospital, including the ER, internal medicine, clinics, surgery, radiology, gastroenterology and psychiatry. In the ER and the clinics, he appreciated how patients’ needs were tended to on an immediate basis. He also spent one day each in the hospital’s radiology and gastroenterological departments. In the radiology department, he observed CT, MRI, Ultrasound and other tests administered. In the gastroenterology department, he saw endoscopic procedures performed.
“During my visits to the internal medicine department, I saw 10 to 15 patients per day during rounds with the residents and medical students,” reflected Mody. “Each patient sees approximately five doctors before a diagnosis is reached. I realized how it takes a whole team to thoroughly present a diagnosis. Also, in a classroom setting or by reading a medical textbook, you only learn the name of a disease and its symptoms. But, in real life, a patient tells you his/her symptoms and then you offer a diagnosis. It is a very careful process.”
Mody recalled his rotation in St. Michael’s surgery department to be the most intense as he observed procedures to repair a hernia, as well as a debridement (surgical excision of dead, devitalized or contaminated tissue, and removal of foreign matter from a wound). Mody also attended open heart surgery for 4 ½ hours, which had the greatest impact on him and inspired him to pursue a career as a surgeon. He called it the “most intense experience” of his life.
He also attended daily lectures in different departments at St. Michael’s, as well as weekly Grand Rounds where various topics were discussed. Mody also attended Morbidity-Mortality Conferences during which different patients’ cases were analyzed and discussed by doctors, medical students and residents.
As a result of his experiences at St. Michael’s, Mody has opted to focus his future on becoming a surgeon. He would especially like to work at a hospital, such as St. Michael’s, that serves underprivileged patients in needy neighborhoods. He said he considers himself fortunate to have studied with mentor Dr. John Sensakovik, Director of Medical Education at St. Michael’s and Associate Dean at Seton Hall University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, and to have explored many branches of medicine at St. Michael’s.
Mody is the son of Dr. Suresh Mody and Dr. Darshna Mody of Edison.
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