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Physician Leadership and HR
Employer: Advantage Health Physician Network
Description of the Organization
Advantage Health Physician Network is made up of variety of different clinics that specialize in different specialties that allows them to serve an individual throughout the span of their lifetime. As an organization, AHPN is affiliated with Saint Mary's Medical Group (Saint Mary's Hospital). On a larger scale, both Advantage Health and Saint Mary's are a part of the nation- wide system, Trinity Health. My internship was spent at AHPN's administrative building located downtown next to Saint Mary's campus.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
During my internship at Advantage, I was given so many opportunities to learn and grow through many different venues. While I was specifically assigned to assist with a physician leadership initiative, I was also able to participate in other projects such as provider evaluations, physician/MA/LPN/intern interviews, and mentoring sessions with other staff. In addition, I was also able to collaborate not only with my mentor and the rest of the HR staff, but also with some of the physician medical directors. Throughout my internship, I was a part of so much and got to give my voice and opinion to many different projects and initiatives. Hands down, my internship has been the greatest academic experience of my entire college career.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
Throughout my time at AHPN, I gained so much. From skills like communication and presenting to professionalism and office work, I was able to pull from my classroom experience and apply those skills to "real life". Everything I learned during my internship will be invaluable to me as I look for jobs and begin my career as a health administration professional.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of the whole experience was the confidence I gained. All of the experiences I had taught me so much and made me a more well-rounded young professional - more so than any classroom experience could have. I loved being able to collaborate with the staff and doctors and learn from them - not only about the happenings within the organization, but bigger life lessons as well.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
The internship helped open my eyes to the wide variety of jobs and opportunities present within the health care administration realm. It made my dreams a bit bigger and gave me new perspectives about potential careers. While I am still not sure exactly what I want to be, my internship helped confirm my dream of working within health care.
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