Cameron Gill ’18 Interns with Mentoring in Medicine Science
Over the summer, SJND senior Cameron Gill ’18 completed a four-week, full-time medical internship at Samuel Merritt University through the Mentoring in Medicine and Science program. The internship centered around patient care and minority involvement in medicine, exposing students to experiences in the acute health care setting while providing meaningful mentorship and support. Cameron shares about his experience in MIMS below.
Story by Cameron Gill ’18
The Mentoring in Medicine and Science (MIMS) program I participated in this summer was a four-week internship geared toward giving minorities in the Bay Area the opportunity to explore different medical areas, interact with diverse medical professionals, and practice complex medical techniques. There were two primary aspects of the program, networking and mentoring.
In networking, we learned to network with others in our cohort and those with whom we crossed paths. Beginning in the first week of the program, I was exposed to so many different people at medical institutes throughout the Bay Area, including UCSF Medical Center, Stanford Medical Center, Children’s Hospital, Kaiser Oakland, Greenlining Public Policy Institution, and UC Berkeley School of Public Health and School of Optometry. I had the opportunity to network with medical students, nurses, physician assistants, and physicians themselves! In doing so I realized the importance of having strong connections in medicine, communicating with others, and being able to speak well in public.
The second focus of the program was mentorship. I was paired with a college student, a rising third year at UC Berkeley majoring in Microbial Biology, who was my mentor. Though we engaged in many activities together in these short four weeks, one of my favorite moments with my mentor was when we had the fascinating opportunity to shadow a doctor at the Highland Hospital Emergency Room in Oakland. My mentor and I were able to follow her closely as she treated patients throughout the night, and I was able to watch her attend to an urgent trauma patient brought in by paramedics.
As I look back on it, I believe my participation in this internship has solidified my aspiration to become a doctor. I was given the chance to learn more about the field of minority health, in which I learned about topics such as social determinants of health and health disparities in African-American communities. Furthermore, this program allowed me to see people of color in the field of medicine which inspired me to follow in their footsteps. Physicians whom I spoke with who were specializing in internal medicine, primary care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, or surgery all impressed upon me their pathway to becoming a doctor, which gave me a better idea of the reality of this field of medicine.