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Getting the EDGE: Sarah Neale ’15
Getting the EDGE: Sarah Neale ’15
Sarah Neale '15 interned at Retreat Doctors' Hospital.
Sarah Neale '15
Sarah Neale ’15
has long been fascinated by how the body works on a molecular level. The Townsend, Delaware native is following a
track at R-MC and plans to become a
. A recent
at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia gave Neale the opportunity to shadow an expert and gain valuable experience; it also reaffirmed her career plans.
The Yellow Jacket Experience
The Randolph-Macon College experience gives students
through an exceptional education, faculty mentorship,
connections and career preparation for a competitive advantage in the marketplace and lifelong success.
Yellow Jackets learn how to be leaders, thinkers, and communicators, and they can put it all into practice with a tailor-made internship—essential experience in today’s competitive job market. R-MC’s
Bassett Internship Program
has placed more than 3,000 students in internships in the U.S. and abroad since 1982. The program provides students the resources to identify and pursue academic, paid, or volunteer internships in any career field.
Learning by Doing
During her January Term (
) internship, Neale worked in the hospital’s Wound Healing Center. Under the guidance of Family Nurse Practitioner Kelli Massey-Makhoul, Neale learned how to properly dress and undress wounds and assisted with removal of WoundVacs (used to keep moisture off open wounds) and staples from skin grafts. Neale also shadowed Massey-Makhoul in different areas of the hospital—including the Operating Room, Physical Therapy, and Radiology.
“The purpose of an internship is to help you decide whether you are on the right career path,” says Neale as she reflects on her experience. “My internship made me realize that what I am learning in my classes is applicable to the ‘real world’ and it gave me the confidence I needed to continue pursuing a career in healthcare. The internship has been the most valuable experience I’ve had at R-MC so far. It gave me a glimpse into what working in the medical field is like—before I apply to graduate schools.”
Massey-Makhoul, who has worked at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital for two years, has provided guidance to several R-MC student-interns throughout the years.
“It was a pleasure to work with Sarah,” she says. “One of the things we try and do is expose students interested in the medical field to a wide variety of real-world experiences. Not only did Sarah see what I do as a Nurse Practitioner on a daily basis, she also spent time with other Wound Healing team members such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, and physical therapists. By the time the internship was over, Sarah had an appreciation of how interesting and challenging it is to care for patients with very complex medical conditions. I hope, too, that she also has a deeper appreciation of the part that many different healthcare providers play in providing quality, compassionate care. R-MC always sends us top-notch students. I look forward to next J-term and hope that we can continue this positive mentoring relationship.”
is an intensive four-year program that prepares students for life after college. Located within the
Career for Personal and Professional Development
gives students a competitive advantage in the job market or graduate-school admissions process. Workshops, internships, one-on one advising and a host of other resources ensure that students who graduate from R-MC are lifelong learners who can think critically and adapt to new situations.
During her sophomore year, Neale worked at St. James the Less Free Medical & Dental Clinic in Ashland with
Dr. Thomas Hubbard ’75
. Hubbard also serves as
, working with medical schools, dental schools, and other health-related professional schools. He also assists students in their academic preparation for applications to these schools. R-MC has
with George Washington School of Nursing, George Washington School of Medical and Health Sciences, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.
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