Health Care Ethics Alumni
Britton was a 2012-2013 Health Care Ethics Intern and believes the internship was pivotal in shaping her desire to become a physician. Britton particularly enjoyed the unique opportunity to shadow individuals from different disciplines of medicine, the opportunity to interact with patients, and the chance to watch the babies in the NICU gain strength and progress throughout her rotation. Though many of her patient-interaction experiences were positive, she also experienced challenging situations that were hard to process. At one time, insufficient language translation created confusion in decision-making and in another situation, a family discussed the options of ending life support for a loved one. These experiences are difficult to see, but watching the health care providers' dedication to their patients continually inspires Britton to develop into a competent and compassionate health care provider in the future. After working for two years in New York City after her undergraduate education, Britton will begin medical school at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine in the fall of 2015.
Reflection on the Health Care Ethics Internship
Elizabeth "Liz" Connelly, pictured here with Anna Kozas, who coordinates the Health Care Ethics Internship Program, was an intern and also held the Honzel Fellowship, serving as a peer mentor for other interns. Through the program, she learned "how human emotions are not extraneous barriers to providing accurate and quality care. Instead, they are equal partners in the creation of the patient's situation and therefore should be equally important in caring for patients."