ACMA Medicine and Future 2017
Summer Camp Student Reports
Monday --July 17, 2017
Day 1 by Kevin Xia
After registration and brief introductions at the Tosteson Medical Education Center guided by Dr. Le Yi, the students began their the first day of AMCA Youth Summer Internship Program with a tour of the campus of the Harvard Medical School led by Dr. Zhirong Qian. We walked around the many hospitals surrounding the medical school such as the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital, exploring the twisting turns of hallways, corridors, and bridges that connect the intricate complex network of hospitals located in Boston.
After returning to Room 426 in the TMEC building and having lunch, the students listened to several physicians describe their lives as doctors through various lectures, seminars, and Q&A sessions. Dr. Tong Zhu, a well-known cardiologist, not only provided insight into the field of cardiology with adult patients, but let students handle pacemakers and ICDs that cardiologists often use for secondary prevention with their patients. Dr. Wei Wang gave wonderful advice on how to navigate college to adequately prepare for a medical career in graduate and post-graduate education; while Dr. Hong Qian gave touching stories on the impact patient care has had on her as well as reflected on her motivations on why she became a doctor.
With that, Day 1 of the AMCA Youth Summer Internship Program had ended. Students left with not only a beneficial impression of what clinician work is like, but also a solid introduction to the world-class medical institutions found in the Longwood area.
Tuesday --July 18, 2017
Day 2 by Yuri Chen
The day started at 9:00AM where we were introduced to Dr. Alan Jiang, who talked about being a physician in the bio-pharmaceutical industry. He explained the definition of bio-pharmaceutical, and also defined the aspects of his job. Listing through the stages in creating a new drug, he briefly explained each step. He continued onto talking about the 3 different categories a doctor in the bio-pharmaceutical area could be: part of clinical pharmaceuticals, clinical research, or medical affairs.
At 10:00AM, Dr. Jian Ni came in to talk about being a pharmacist in a teaching hospital. She talked about the history of medicine, and touched on the most important medicine breakthroughs. She also mentioned how pharmacists needed good communication skills, which was looked for in college interviews. She closed up her power point with a few fun patient scenario problems which involved a little bit of math.
From 11:00AM to 12:00PM, Dr. Walter Kim came in and talked about being a physician scientist, which was very interesting to say the least. He used many emojis in his slides, gaining some giggles around the room. Dr. Walter Kim emphasizes how he is doing what he likes, even though he knows he is not getting the best pay for someone in the medical field. The pro of being mostly a researcher is that he has a huge control over his own personal time. He spends most of his days in the lab, and spends 1 day at the clinic. The only thing he stresses about is funding for the lab.
At 12:00PM we have lunch, where everyone is desperate not to get the vegetable buns.
At 1:00PM, Dr. Charles Zhao talks about Clinical Research and Development, and goes in depth about the stages of making a new drug. There are many phases in creating a drug, and Dr. Charles Zhao highlights how 99% of new drugs never make it to the final stage of development. He mentions that there is no clinical research class, and that you either join pharmaceuticals, or do a normal doctor job and get invited in.
At 2:00PM, Ms. Jingyi Liu, who will be a graduate of Harvard Medical School in 2019, talked to us about how to apply to medical school. She showed us some flow charts, and explained in details the requirements and different types of classes and experiences one would need to become board certified. She recommended taking psych and public health classes in undergraduate school to help with the MCAT exam, and also recommended many types of programs that would be very helpful in taking that exam. She suggested practicing for interviews and having something (like a hobby) you are very passionate about.
Afterwards, Ms. Jingyi Liu showed us around the Harvard campus and stopped by a frozen yogurt place in the Boston Children's Hospital, where we were then let out early at 3:30PM.
Wednesday --July 19, 2017
Day 3 by Sabrina Zhang
After we all settled down for the morning, Dr. Shuanhu Zhou introduced the complicated science behind stem cells. Similar to how stem cells divide and develop into more sophisticated and productive cells, the knowledge and enthusiasm he passed on to us undoubtedly inspired us to become a productive and mature part of the medical world. After explaining the basic principles of stem cells, Dr. Zhou went more in depth with his specific topic of the skeletal stem cells. Next, Dr. Yi Lu, a neurosurgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, taught us what it meant to truly be a good surgeon. It is not good hand-eye coordination nor drive for money; it is the drive to help others and responsibility one can handle that creates a great surgeon. He also reminded us that to every profession, there are pros and cons. However, if one is genuinely interested in helping others and enjoys the job, then the pros will certainly outweigh the cons.
For lunch, we left the Longwood Area for Tufts Medical Center, eating a delicious lunch at Au Bon Pain and chatting with Dr. Haiyun Gong, a general pediatrician at the hospital. Leaving the cafeteria with both our stomachs and questions about pediatrics satisfied, we proceeded up to the Payne Library to talk with Dr. Wei Wang about Internal Medicine as well as the medical field in general. Dr. Liyan Zhuang soon entered and gave us a fascinating tour of the urology department, showing us the different parts of the field as well as the steps that must be taken in order to become a urologist. Later, Dr. Yong Zhan talked to us about cardiothoracic surgery. With many videos of different surgeries and techniques as well as informative, yet engaging slideshows, we learned about the different aspects of cardiothoracic surgery, including the history of the field. As we all exited from the revolving doors of Tufts Medical Center, the new knowledge had given us greater insight into many different fields of medicine as well as the different environments of varying hospitals. Walking away from the hospital, it was hard to contain the excitement felt for the new knowledge we would acquire in the future.
Thursday --July 20, 2017
Day 4 by John Lian
Today we visited the UMass Medical center instead of staying in the Longwood area as we did for most of the week. We started the day in the Biotech One research lab. Two interns from Dr. Xiaoduo Fan’s office were our tour guides for the day. After gathering the group together Dr. Qin Lan showed us around the hospital’s neurology center. We saw where the patients were held while they were being checked up on as well as some lecture halls. One of the students in our program even got an EEG, which let us see his nerve connections and reaction times.
We also talked with Dr. Radhika Natarajan, who taught us about why public health was just as important as medical health and why they both were very important. We also learned about why nutrition was very important for our health - After that, we went to tour the UMass Emergency Room. There, we were able to see a live ultrasonic of the heart and internal organs. Afterwards, we were able to have a bit of ice cream and go back to the lab, where we had lunch and a presentation from Dr. Bill Lian who explained how he decided to become a physician, and why it was a good profession. Before we left, we had presentations from both Dr. Fang Liu and Dr. Jiang Du who both provided interesting views on drug usage in China, and lastly, Dr. Xiaoduo Fan had a very interesting talk about why improvement was needed when tending to Asian-Americans in the United States - and why they need to overcome the “bamboo ceiling” and defy racial stereotypes.
Friday --July 21, 2017
Day 5 by Donny Tou
Around 9:00, we all met in the lobby of Massachusetts General Hospital, which had been ranked number one hospital in the world with Dr. Zhirong Qian and Mr. Li, where we took a group photo. First, we went out to the Paul S. Russell’s Museum of MGH and explored. After, we went back to the main hospital and visited each floor. We went to the Ether Dome (where the first successful public surgery with anesthesia took place) and took some photos there. Then, Kevin drove us back to Longwood, where we hung out and eventually received our graduation certificates. Dr. Yi Lu asked about the feedback of summer camp and gave us the certificates. Eventually, we ate lunch, and said our goodbyes after.
Thank you ACMA for such a wonderful opportunity!
The second week: observation at research laboratories and clinics