My shadowing experience alongside Dr. Haller, the Chief Endocrinologist at the University of Florida Health and HADC Board member, was nothing short of a memorable experience filled with knowledge and compassion for those working in the diabetes field. This shadowing experience was a pivotal phase in providing a bridge between theory and real-world practice.
As someone who has been receiving endocrinology care for the past 19 years, interning alongside Dr. Haller and Dr. Bernier was like peeking behind the curtain of my own medical journey. It allowed me to witness firsthand the dedication and expertise that goes into treating both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It was an eye-opening experience to see world-class endocrinologists like Dr. Haller and Dr. Bernier operates in the endocrine world.
My second day of shadowing gave me the opportunity to shadow Dr. Angelina Bernier, where I delved into the type 2 and metabolic aspects of endocrinology. In the past, I had the privilege of working with Dr. Bernier locally in Immokalee, Florida, where we performed diabetes screenings and fit testings. This experience was a stark reminder of the impact that healthcare professionals can have on underserved communities. It was heartwarming to witness the immediate difference we made in people’s lives and seeing Dr. Bernier back in her element.
Dr. Haller and Dr. Bernier have been instrumental in shaping my career aspirations and personal growth. Their dedication to the field of endocrinology and their commitment to improving patient outcomes have left an indelible mark on me. I was also able to meet a fellow HADC Board member, Dr. Haller introduced me to Desmond Schatz associate director at the University of Florida. This connection opened doors to a network of professionals who share the same passion for advancing healthcare and improving the lives of people living with type 1 diabetes. Dr. Haller was also very kind in showing me around the research labs, his multiple offices and his own history at the university. Go Gators!
Despite not being in the medical field, my internship allowed me to gain valuable hands-on experience working with patients from diverse backgrounds. It reinforced the importance of empathy and patient-centered care, qualities that are essential in healthcare. My journey didn’t end with the internship; I continue to actively grow the Telehealth medicine program with Help A Diabetic Child at the University of Florida. This program aims to ease the burden for individuals living with diabetes by providing accessible and convenient healthcare solutions if they don’t have access or can’t afford their endocrinology appointments. I cannot emphasize enough how grateful I am to have been approved by the University of Florida for this incredible opportunity.
One memory that will forever stay with me is the smiles on the faces of children who saw me wearing my insulin pump. Being a source of inspiration and hope for others is a privilege I hold dear. My shadowing experience alongside Dr. Haller and Dr. Bernier at the University of Florida was a life-changing experience that has shaped my career aspirations and deepened my appreciation for the field of endocrinology. I am excited to continue contributing to the healthcare community, making a difference in the lives of those living with diabetes, and spreading smiles along the way while helping those who struggle most with their diabetes.