By Amanda Wu
Sadly, this will be my final blogpost for the remainder of the program as the seven weeks of my internship experience here at Cedars Sinai is coming to a close. Nevertheless, there’s so much to be excited about, especially the opportunity to present our research as well as observe that of other interns at the upcoming poster day at Cedars-Sinai and the CIRM conference in Berkeley.
Despite the countdown towards the end of this program, these past few weeks are still just as stimulating and insightful as the initial first few. In fact, some noteworthy occurrences other than my daily routine of cell counting and immunocytochemistry include a visit to our very own ALS clinic. To fully witness and comprehend the importance of bench-to-bedside research at Cedars-Sinai, we headed to the ALS clinic, where we were able to interact with patients and physicians alike in a more personal and direct manner. This opportunity to witness and partake in physician-patient interaction certainly widened my perspective about the clinical aspect of the medical field.
In addition to our visit to the ALS clinic, we also managed to fit a tour of Cedars Sinai’s imaging center into our schedule. As with the experience at the ALS clinic, the tour broadened my horizon with regards to the clinical facet of medicine as our guide explained the various types of imaging techniques and machinery utilized within research and patient treatment and diagnosis.
Along with our tour of the clinical facilities within the medical center, we also welcomed fellow high school students into the Regenerative Medicine Institute for Cedars Sinai’s own “Research Week.” During this week, we not only participated alongside the participants in various lab techniques including quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), but also learned about the various components of developing of a clinical trial before partaking in an activity to design our very own.
These last two weeks mark the final stretch for my cohort of internees and myself as we’re all bustling to complete our research projects so that we may finally present our findings to CIRM, fellow pupils, and others within the scientific sphere as well as hear about the intriguing research conducted by other students.
Since this is my very last blog post, I’d just like to thank CIRM and Cedars-Sinai for entrusting young minds and pupils like me and my colleagues with the opportunity to pursue scientific research.
Hopefully, this won’t be the last time you’ll hear from me in the scientific field.