Summit, NJ – Seventeen college students from area hometowns were chosen to participate in a highly selective summer medical internship led by Overlook Medical Center vascular surgeon and Millburn resident, Clifford Sales, M.D. In its fifth year, only three per cent of applicants were accepted to the unique program.
The Overlook Summer Internship Program (OSIP) was developed to expose college students to the health care field. It is designed to give students the opportunity to learn about the human aspects of a career in medicine – something that is not typically available in most settings. The goal of this program is to help students make an informed decision about possibly entering one of the many exciting fields of medicine. Experiences from the program may be valuable throughout the medical school application process.
During daily rotations, the students shadow a medical professional – mostly physicians, but also therapists, administrators, nurses and social workers - who is committed to teaching and sharing their experiences. This gives the student an opportunity to see what life is like in each particular field. Rotations include experience in the operating room, emergency department, hospital floors, physician offices or meetings. Each student has the opportunity to interact on a personal basis with the health care professionals.
Each day, Monday through Thursday, begins with a one-hour breakfast discussion led by a professional who discusses his or her field. The focus of this group is on the lifestyle and the pros and cons of each medical specialty. Thereafter, each student reports to an assigned mentor in the setting thought to be most appropriate for the student’s experience. The day is structured by the mentor and each day is very different.
Fridays conclude with a lunch session designed to exchange ideas with fellow students about current experiences and discussion topics of interest to the group. Students must have completed at least one year of college to apply to the Overlook Summer Internship Program (OSIP). Consideration will be given to class level and academic standing. All participants are provided with a letter of recommendation for future career and education use.