Giselle Fisher

Discovery Intern

Hometown: Onalaska, WI
Education: Yale University
MD Mentor: Dr. Jay Traverse​​​​​​​
Staff Mentor: Bethany White
Project: Why do patients with microvascular obstruction (MVO) die?

How did you hear about the MHIF internship and why did you want to participate?

I heard about the MHIF internship after looking for summer cardiology internships. After visiting the cardiologist many times as a child to monitor a mild heart condition, I developed an interest to learn about various heart diseases.

What sparked your interest in the field of research, medicine and cardiology? 

Throughout college, I have volunteered as a clinical interpreter for HAVEN Free Clinic, a student-run free clinic in New Haven, CT. The opportunity to hear patients stories and to serve as a patient advocate furthered my interest in medicine. While I have conducted basic science research in a biochemistry lab in college, I sought out the MHIF internship to learn about clinical research and to see how physicians use patient experiences to guide their investigations.

What is your desired career in medicine?

I find cardiology and hematology very interesting! I really enjoy working with children, so I hope to enter a pediatric specialty one day.

What are you most looking forward to this summer?

I'm looking forward to learning about our physician's and staff mentor's research. I am also excited for the opportunity to shadow in the cath lab. I have enjoyed how supportive and enthusiastic the other interns are, and am excited for the friendships that will form.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? 

I hope to gain an understanding of what a career in medicine looks like. After shadowing various procedures, I hope to learn more about my own interests in medicine. For example, I have never observed a surgery before, so I'm looking forward to seeing which areas are most interesting to me.

What are your plans after the summer?

This fall I will be a senior. I am currently applying to medical school and will be continuing with the process throughout the school year. I am looking forward to taking various biochemistry seminar classes in the spring and fall.

What is a fun fact about you?

My favorite dessert is pancakes with ice cream.


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