Health Care Ethics Alumni
Gerrity was a Health Care Ethics Intern for the 2012-2013 school year, and served as the Honzel Fellow in Health Care Ethics the following year. During her time at Santa Clara University she was unsure whether she wanted to attend medical school or pursue a different graduate degree. She credits the Health Care Ethics Internship in helping her discern her future path. Gerrity also believes that this program played an instrumental role in developing the way she thinks about medicine. The unique viewpoint on health care she developed during her two years helped her stand out in her UCSF pre-health undergraduate program, which she participated in last summer. At UCSF she was praised for thoughtful and meaningful contributions that displayed an understanding of health care issues beyond her years. One of her most memorable rotations with the internship was her time with hospice. She still remembers the compassionate care provided to patients and their families, and hopes to provide this type of care in her future. Currently, Gerrity is doing research in molecular biology and public health at Santa Clara University. She is also a private tutor in the evenings for middle and high school students. In early June she will be leaving for Honduras where she will spend 14 months working at an orphanage, Amigos de Jesus. Afterwards, she hopes to attend medical school, a goal which her time with this internship helped cement. As she stated, "Overall, this internship opened my eyes to the spectacular, the unpleasant, and the tragic parts of being a physician. As a result, I am confident in my ability to continue on the medical track and become the type of physician that I dream to be."
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."