Second Year Ph.D. Students Return from Summer Immersion in New York City

Rebecca Irwin and Stephen Sloan spent two months this summer working in the Summer Immersion Program for Cornell BME PhD students at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) and New York Presbyterian in New York City.

For Rebecca’s clinical summer immersion term she collaborated with Dr. John G. Kennedy at the Hospital for Special Surgery. In addition to gaining clinical exposure and observing foot and ankle surgeries, she conducted a retrospective study of patients who received surgery for an osteochondral lesion of the talus to identify the occurrence of co-existing osteochondral lesions of the distal tibia using preoperative magnetic resonance images (MRI).

Stephen spent the summer immersion term working at New York Presbyterian in the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center under neurosurgeon Dr. Roger Hartl.  He was able to experience multiple aspects of clinical medicine including shadowing Dr. Hartl in the operating room and clinic, as well as performing clinical research alongside neurosurgery residents and research fellows.

Welcome back, Rebecca and Stephen!