Andrea Wood ’19

Interned at: Boston Medical Center Autism Program in Boston
Supported by: Wheaton Fellowship
Major: Neuroscience
Hometown: Middleboro, Mass.

Working with families: “Some of my daily responsibilities included: writing medical necessity letters for referrals; collecting data in the pediatric waiting room; creating resources to educate patients and their families about different aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); and observing Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (DBP) testing.”  

Personal connection: “I am a figure skating coach and I have experience with teaching children with ASD and other disabilities how to skate, which definitely came in handy during this internship.”

Andrea Wood ’19 talks with colleagues at her summer 2017 internship at Boston Medical Center. (Photos by Keith Nordstrom)

The doctor is in: “I have really enjoyed being able to get hands-on exposure to the healthcare field. During my first week I was able to sit in on a multi-departmental meeting where they discussed differential diagnoses for a complex patient. I was in a room with about 15 doctors, all from different specialties, who went over this patient’s case in full detail before agreeing on a final diagnosis. It was pretty amazing to hear what they all had to say and what they each brought to the table.”

Balancing responsibilities: “My internship consisted of two parts—one was with the Autism Program and one was with a DBP pediatrician. The doctor had just finished piloting a research study and was looking to gain approval from the Institutional Review Board to get the study up and running. I truly did not know how much work that entailed. I helped her write parental consent forms, research prior studies and create educational resources for the study. I was kept busy dividing my time between both parts of the internship. Complicating matters, I also had to juggle my practice schedule before competing at nationals with my Theatre On Ice team. 

The right path: “After Wheaton I hope to go on to medical school and become a neurosurgeon. This internship really confirmed my aspiration to become a doctor. I have made so many important connections, including a Wheaton alumna [Elizabeth Kern Ferriero ’07], and learned valuable skills that will help me further my education and career path.”

While interning at Boston Medical Center, Wood met up with Wheaton alumna Elizabeth “Liz” Kern Ferriero ’07. (Photo provided)

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