The Philadelphia Center Spotlight - Israel Ramos

08/22/2018

Each year the College and Alumni Program selects a group of College Scholars to participate in the Philadelphia Center’s summer internship experience. The Philadelphia Center’s off-campus study program offers Scholars with the opportunity to gain college credit while living and learning independently. They are able to explore career paths through real-world applications and rigorous, seminar-style courses. Each week we will share thoughts from our Scholars who participated.

Name: Israel Ramos

Year in School: Rising Junior

School: Earlham College

Interned at: Methodist Hospital

Originally I was supposed to be serving inside the trauma center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, but before the program began, Dr. Clark had something else planned for me. He introduced me to Shelby, my supervisor at Methodist Hospital through Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and I immediately found out how amazing Shelby and the rest of the staff at Methodist were!

During my first week in Philadelphia, I was unable to work inside the ER because my paperwork had not been processed yet. So, I was given the task to research public health in South Philadelphia. I investigated HIV and analyzed statistical data in South Philadelphia. My research about HIV in South Philadelphia was published in the Emergency Department News Letter for Methodist Hospital.

Once my paperwork was processed, I was able to engage with patients and follow along with the medical professionals, including nurses, nurse practitioners, doctors, and even residents from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Drexel University. My role as a student intern varied day-by-day. Most of the time, I assisted with setting up medical equipment for patients and recorded their vitals for the nurses. I also served as a Spanish translator for patients and doctors. My favorite task was to help care for patients that had lacerations. Since I have seen many cases of lacerations, I have been able to memorize the process of caring for different types of cuts on the human body.

Throughout my internship at Methodist, I was given the task of a research project regarding emergency medicine. I chose a topic on food choices in South Philadelphia and how it affects the patients that we see in the emergency room. I took the time to walk around the South Philadelphia neighborhood to see what kind of food options the community had available to them. It turns out that corner stores exist on almost every block and sold chips, soda, and candy. Through my research, I discovered that within a one-mile radius of Methodist, there were no stores that sold fresh produce and meat. The only grocery stores that provided the community with better food options were located on the south-west and north-east outskirts of South Philadelphia. The lack of food options brings up a problem, especially for Philadelphians that do not own a vehicle or have a difficult time traveling through the city.

I proposed an idea to resolve the issue of lack of food choices in South Philadelphia. All throughout the city, there are thousands of vacant lots that make up the neighborhoods in the city of Philadelphia. Not surprisingly, many vacant lots are located east of Methodist Hospital. My recommendation was to use one of the vacant lots as a community-based garden where Methodist and residents of South Philadelphia can unite to help grow fresh produce and provide better food options.

I was very passionate about this idea and presented it to the Emergency Department. Shelby and the staff were very impressed and liked my idea. They thought it would be great for Methodist’s agenda since their goal as a community-based hospital is to try and connect with the community more. Sadly, with the internship concluding I was unable to further my plan to help create a community garden with Methodist. The staff at Methodist and I have stayed in touch and have discussed the possibility of me coming back in the Spring semester to follow through with my plan. I have a dream where I can help execute this plan, with the support of Methodist, and create a garden for everyone in the community to use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        

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