Biology 348--Health Professions Internship
SCRIPPS MERCY HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP
Scripps Mercy Hospital and SDSU work in partnership to provide a one
to two semester internship.
Students may also volunteer directly with the hospital for no credit.
Internship candidates are required to be CPR certified
(Scripps Mercy will provide you with an American Heart Savers course free
Internship candidates must have the following
1. Proof of two (2) Tuberculosis Skin Tests
(aka PPD). If you test positive Scripps Mercy will give you a chest x-ray
3. If you
are placed in a critical care areas you will be asked if you have had the
hepatitis B, series of shots. If you havenít we
free of charge at our facility.
2. If you are born in 1956 or after you must show
proof of an MMR, or separate rubella, rubeola and mumps vaccination
in or after 1980. If you
need this shot please make sure your TB Testing is completed first.
The MMR will interfere with
the reading of the TB Test.
will ask you to either get them or sign a form declining them. We can provide
them free of charge. However, a six-month
commitment is necessary in order to complete the series of three shots.
The shots are administered as follows: one the first
month, the second the one month later and the third shot six months from
the first one.
Accepted students must complete a 2-hour training
session scheduled by Scripps Mercy Hospital and a personal interview with
the volunteer manager.
Students must document a minimum of 60 hours but are encouraged to serve
at least 100. (Hours over 60 may be done during vacations before or after
Students must submit a 10 page, double spaced paper (with references and
citations) on a subject that interests them as a result of the internship.
Students must submit a one-page evaluation of the experience itself.
Scripps Mercy Hospital offers several areas of interest
for first hand observation experience into the world of medicine.
This is a graded course for one unit per semester. Interns are expected
to dress and behave professionally at all times.
Applications may be submitted up until December 1 for the spring semester
and May 1 for the fall semester. Copies of applications will be submitted
to Scripps Mercy Hospital for their review and they reserve the right to
interview and accept candidates based on their own criteria.
The Mercy Clinic: SDSU Interns assist the staff by preparing exams rooms,
escorting patients to rooms, running errands to laboratory and x-ray, preparing
charts and other light clerical duties. There are four clinics within the
clinic including Ob/Gyn, Primary Care, Pediatrics, and Medical Surgical.
Scripps Mercy is a teaching hospital our own interns and residents work
out of the clinic.
Emergency Department: SDSU Interns perform a variety of tasks including
readying patients for exams, stocking rooms with supplies, running errands
and working in the triage area.
Nursing Units: SDSU Interns work on one of eight patient care units and
help the nursing staff. Volunteers provide companionship to patients, help
patients at mealtime, assist staff with charts, call buttons, and errands.
This is a wonderful opportunity to experience patients in a hospital setting.
PACU Unit (Post anesthesia care): SDSU Interns assist with computer input,
telephones, running errands, etc. This is great first-hand experience being
around surgery patients; watching and helping the staff perform their duties.
Intensive Care Units: The Surgical and Medical Intensive Care units are
sophisticated, specially equipped units for patients who need constant
observation, nursing and monitoring. Volunteers work closely with
staff performing tasks such as transporting patients, stocking rooms with
supplies, running errands, answering phones, and light clerical tasks.