Alabama School of Math and Science (ASMS) senior Deja Monroe-Parker interned this fall with Eduardo Rel, technology director in the radiology department at the University of South Alabama (USA) Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
“In order to secure my decision for college, I wanted to have an idea of what ‘every day’ would be like if I decided to choose the medical field,” Monroe-Parker says. “Observing alongside health care professionals gave me exclusive access see how the hospital treats to the community’s children and women.”
Monroe-Parker wants to become a doctor in the future. Through her internship, Monroe-Parker wanted to experience working in a hospital environment, particularly in radiology.
“During my internship, I had the chance to observe the advanced technology that goes into imaging the internal structures of the human body,” Monroe-Parker says. “Being able to witness the deep features of the human body through the most advanced technology is like viewing a masterpiece; I found it to be the most exciting.”
Monroe-Parker had the opportunity to shadow many areas of the hospital, including mammography, MRI, CT, and X-ray.
“I strongly recommend the internship program to other ASMS students because it builds your personality as a professional and helps you establish knowledge you may not get in a classroom,” Monroe-Parker says. “I have already developed connections and familiarity with the health care field, even before I attend college.”