My name is Clara and I am one of the interns for Start the Heart Foundation during the month of January Around the month of November, I found myself questioning about what I would do at my winter term period. I attend DePauw University and during the month of January we have Winter Term. Winter Term is an opportunity for students to do an internship, travel abroad or take a class on campus. Everyone was talking about their exciting on-campus classes or their abroad plans. At that time I had no clue what I was going to be doing during this period. Then I saw the application for STHF online. I started filling all the papers needed and sent in the application. Immediately, I received an email from Dr. and Mrs. Dillon about scheduling an interview.
I must admit I was nervous. Talking to two generous people that founded a non profit was scaring me at first. But, as soon as the skype turned on I felt at home. Both, Dr. and Mrs. Dillon were exceptionally kind. When I turned the skype off I thought: Oh my gosh, I just did my first internship interview ever! I felt great! After 20 minutes I received an email on my inbox from Dr. Dillon saying the cliché: “Congratulations, you have been accepted to STHF internship”.
I can’t explain how happy and excited I felt about it. I just started jumping and dancing in my dorm room.
I was excited about the idea of having an internship, of coming to Kentucky, of meeting Dr. Dillon and his family. But I must admit I didn’t realize at first what an amazing thing I would be doing by teaching high school students hands-only CPR. I didn’t realize at first, how much of a difference I would be making in those teenagers life’s. It was only when I got to my first class that I realized it. It was a tough class, I must admit, but I could see that the teenagers were actually wanting to learn from us. Even when pretending they didn’t care much, I could see their eyes and ears looking and listening to me. Furthermore, I had the chance to teach a disable student and that just proved me that even someone that is considered different from the most society was wanting to learn and help!
Now, I am from Brazil, and came to US to become a doctor. Because of this internship and Dr. Dillon I had the incredible opportunity to watch an open heart bypass surgery. The surgery was amazing and just showed me one more time how much I want to become a doctor. Moreover, I had the chance to be with Dr. Dillon for two days through his daily schedule. We ran up and down the hospitals stairs, from the rehab rooms to the cath lab and then back to the consults. All of it made me realize how pretty hard a doctors work is. It just confirmed what I expected. It was so rewarding to see how the patients were grateful were to Dr. Dillon.
After all, this internship not only showed me how important it is to have people like Dr. and Mrs. Dillon, that give their best efforts and time to increase the well being of society, but also made me more sure about becoming a doctor. I want to be able to become a physician and hopefully be able to do something extraordinary as STHF! All I have to say left is: Thank you Start the Heart Foundation for teaching me all of it!