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CSE Student Experiences Life As A Doctor

Morristown, N.J. (July 7, 2015) – Summer can be a time to make plans for the future. For CSE student Kidist Nigussie, B.S. Biology, '17, an internship program at Overlook Hospital provided invaluable insight into the world of medicine.

Kidist, a native of Ethiopia who now lives in Orange, N.J., was among 17 elite students from New Jersey and New York chosen to participate in the June 2015 program for which only 3 percent of applicants are accepted. The hospital's medical staff president and Millburn resident Dr. Clifford Sales oversees the program, now in its sixth year.

"The goal of the program is to help students make an informed decision about possibly entering one of the many exciting fields of medicine," said Dr. Sales. "Experience from the program may be valuable throughout the medical school application process."

Kidist raved about the experience. "It was awesome. We were exposed to medicine in such a unique way. We shadowed 20 different people in 20 different fields and got a sneak peek into their lives."

She added that the experience was very engaging, with students asking questions not only getting responses, but also practical advice on school, studying habits, and even being a woman in medicine.

"I feel like I have more insight on being a doctor now," she said. "They told us the downfalls and the challenges we should be sure to face. However, they also told us the joys and despite all the challenges being a doctor is a beautiful and honorable calling. It gave me new found respect for doctors."

"It was really great," Kidist concluded. "I am truly blessed to have been chosen for the program. I want to thank the CSE faculty for their help and everyone for their prayers. I feel it was God's will that I have this opportunity."

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