Meet the 2020 Interns

Due to COVID-19, our Clinical Research Internship Program during the summer of 2020 looked a little different. While the program typically welcomes 10-12 interns from across the country, for 2020 the program was scaled back to three interns from the Twin Cities area, who worked mostly remotely to assist with physician-initiated research projects. While the interns may not have been able to have all the typical intern experiences, they learned a tremendous amount from their physician and staff mentors and were able to help MHIF researchers continue several important research studies.

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  • Chris Gitter returned to the program as lead intern and worked with Dr. Eric Fenstad on a pulmonary hypertension study. Meet Chris Gitter
  • Intern Archana Murali worked with Dr. Jason Alexander on a study involving veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) complications. Meet Archana Murali
  • Intern Ananya Shah worked with Dr. Jay Traverse looking at microvascular obstructions (MVO) following STEMI heart attacks. Meet Ananya Shah
  • All three interns worked cooperatively on a study with Dr. Robert Hauser and Dr. Jay Sengupta looking at longevity of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs).
Chris, Archana, and Ananya
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