Category: Sydnie G.


Hi everyone! Last night I presented my research and discussed my internship. Although I was so nervous, it went very well!! I am so glad that I had the opportunity to intern with Dr. Dyson. Thank you everyone for reading and following me for the last few months! I cannot wait to hear all of your presentations! Good luck to everyone and congrats!


Weeks 10-12

Hello! Sorry I have not updated in a while, but I have been busy working on my presentation! My internship ended last week at Dr. Dyson’s office, so I have been working solely on my presentation and paper, and I am getting ready to present next week. I decided to research the quality of patient care, which is what I am presenting on, while also including anecdotes from my internship. My presentation is next Tuesday, so this will be my last post on the blog! Thank you everyone for reading!

Week 9

This week was another interesting one! I was able to actually be involved in asking patients and their families questions that are required to be documented in the chart. I received a list of key facts and questions to ask, and I marked them off on a sheet of paper that would be scanned into the patient’s chart afterwards. For example, I would ask if anyone in the family smoked and if there were any guns in the home. I would also explain to the parents of newborns not to shake the baby, not to prop a bottle, and if they had guns to keep the bullets separate. This allowed me to have a more hands on interaction and experience with the patients.

Next week I will be working in the doctor’s office as well as working on my presentation and research paper. I still have a lot of missing pieces to figure out, but hopefully I will have it all together by next week. I think next week will be the last week of my internship, but I will update you all on that later! Thanks for reading!

Week 7 and 8

Sorry that I have not posted in a while. This blog post will include both week 7 and week 8.

Last week and this week was another great week. I met a new Medical Assistant who will be a permanent MA for the office and I also met Dr. Dyson’s medical school student. She gave me some tips and insight about medical school, which was very interesting!

These last two weeks were composed of more shadowing, meeting new patients, and learning about more pediatric care topics. I was more of a help to the doctor this week, grabbing anything he needed while he talked to patients. My favorite patient visit was with a little baby boy named Jack. He came in for his monthly wellness check and all he wanted to do was jump up and down. I was able to hold him and play with him! Meeting and interacting with patients has definitely been my favorite part of the internship so far, and it has definitely gotten me interested in pediatrics!

Last week, I also met up with Mr. Judson, my advisor, to discuss my research paper and presentation. We discussed the topic that I will be researching and presenting, so now I need to begin my research! Hopefully, I will have a few updates on my progress next week. I only have about 2 weeks left of my internship, and it went by so quickly. I hope everyone had a great experience as well. I will update next week and hopefully have made a lot of progress on my research! Thanks for reading!


Week 6

Last week I did not go into the office because I was away on vacation, but I got right back to work this week at Dr. Dyson’s office. I have been continuing to listen in on wellness checkups, sick visits, and other specific appointments. I have been becoming more involved with helping Dr. Dyson by getting specific tools or medications for patients.

I love getting to meet newborn babies and see how they have been growing throughout the 6 weeks i have been working. I have had the opportunity to meet the families and patients several times as they return for other doctors visits.

I hope everyone had a great week, and I will talk to you next week!

Week 5

Hi everyone! This has been another great week in the Pediatricians office. Upon arriving early in the morning, I was able to meet one of the Medical Assistant’s two sons. She brought them in for their yearly wellness check. There was a one-year old boy and a three-year old boy. While the MA was running around completing different tasks to begin the busy day of seeing patients, I had the opportunity to sit in the exam room with them and play. The one-year old began taking off his socks and dropping them on the floor, which then gave his three-year old brother the idea to play a game of catch with me with the socks. Unfortunately, the MA (the boys’ mother) came back holding a tray of 5 shots. Usually, another MA will give her boys the shots, but they were too busy at the time. Because I was the only one in the room, I helped the MA. Although I cannot give shots, I held the one-year old down while he got shots and then played with him afterwards to calm him down!

One little boy also came into the office with a history of receiving bad hives. His father showed Dr. Dyson and I photos from his phone of the little boy’s hives. His entire body was covered in red rashes with white raised lines of hives. I have never seen anything like this before. The family could not figure out what the boy was allergic to because they had not seen a change in his environment.

A very exciting thing also happened!!! I got to experience an ear piercing! A little girl, just a few months, was lying on the exam table. Dr. Dyson took a dark blue pen and began to draw on the dot where he thought was a good place to pierce. After redrawing the dot and talking to the family, in just 2 seconds, the little girl had 2 gold studs in her ears!

I also learned this week that Dr. Dyson takes care of patients up to 23 years old. Two days ago I saw a high school senior come in to get shots for college. I also saw a 20 year old girl for her yearly checkup.

This has been another great week shadowing in the Pediatricians office, and I cannot wait for many more! See you next time!

Week 4

When I arrived in the office this week, I met a doctor named Dr. Price. He is now going to be in the office working with Dr. Dyson in order to see more patients. I also met a new Medical Assistant who is a float, coming from an OBGYN office.

I was able to see many more patients, and get more experience in the office. The most interesting one was a little boy who was sick for a few days and had rashes all over his body. He had a rash on his groin area and a rash ring around his neck. Dr. Dyson believes that he has scarlet fever.

Shadowing Dr. Dyson has been so fun, and I am loving getting to meet new patients and families and catch up with them when they come back into the office.

Below are two pictures I took of the office. Hopefully, I will be able to take more pictures soon, but Dr. Dyson just moved into a new building and is still in the process of decorating.

Breastfeeding Tips (for all the future mothers)

1. Take your Vitamins and eat healthy! 

It is very important to have a healthy diet in order to keep up your energy and to supply yourself with important vitamins. Eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help with milk production. Calcium (milk, yogurt, cheese), Iron (meat, seafood, beans), Vitamin C (citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage), and MultiVitamins will help mothers produce enough milk to supply a baby.

2. Drink Water!

Breastfeeding mothers should consume about 8 glasses of water each day. They could also drink other fluids including juice, milk, broths, tea, and soup.

3. Use a breast pump if needed.

If it is difficult for the baby to intake a significant amount of milt to gain enough wait, it might be easier to pump and then feed the baby from a bottle.

4. If you are having trouble producing enough milk, take turns. 

In a 30 minute feeding period, you can have your baby feed on one breast for 15 minutes and then the other one for 15 minutes. Or, you can feed from one breast for 30 minutes, and then the next feeding session you can feed for 30 minutes on the other breast.

5. Make sure the baby is getting enough milk. 

A newborn baby should be eating about 2 ounces every 2-3 hours. As the baby gets older, they should be eating about 3-4 ounces. If the baby is not gaining enough weight, you can try supplementing some breastfeeding time with formula or breast milk from the bottle. A baby is supposed to gain 1 ounce a day, so if they are not gaining enough, it is important to try and have the baby drink from a bottle to closely track the milk intake. By 6 months, a baby should be double their birth weight.



Week 2: Pediatrics

This week at Dr. Dyson’s office was so fun! Each day, about 17 patients arrived in the morning. I have loved getting to sit in the office and watch the behind-the-scenes of a doctor’s work. This week most patients were newborn babies, sick toddlers, and children with wellness checks.

I was able to watch 2 circumcisions this week! And, I did not even flinch this time! I was able to stand closer and watch more closely. The baby boys are strapped into a plastic holder on a table and are receive several shots for numbness. The mother is instructed to dip the baby’s pacifier in sugar water and put it in the baby’s mouth every time the baby cries. Apparently, when the baby tastes the sugar water, signals are sent to the brain like a drug would and cause relaxation.

There was also a little boy that came in this week and needed a helmet for his head. Babies can get completely flat heads, or have heads that are flat on one side. Plagiocephaly is a condition when the head is flattened on one side, whereas brachycephaly is when the back of the head is flat. This can be caused by babies sleeping on the same side of their head, which is why it is important for babies to be put to sleep on opposite sides every night. Another cause of this is neck tightness in babies. If their neck is tight, it is harder for the babies to turn their heads, so one side may have more pressure.

Several babies have come into the office for checkups and have needed advice on breastfeeding and weight gain. Because babies are supposed to gain one ounce a day until they are six months old, it is important for babies to eat about 2 to 3 ounces of milk every 2 hours. I have seen the same baby boy and his mother come into the office 3 times after their baby would eat two to three ounces of milk every two hours, but could not gain weight. Dr. Dyson is unsure of why this is happening, but the patient will be back in to the office in a few days.

Another strange thing that I learned is that many babies have jaundice. Jaundice is a term that describes newborn babies yellowish skin tone and eyes. This is caused by an excess amount of bilirubin in their blood. Dr. Dyson checks this by blood tests. To get rid of this yellowish skin tone and eyes, Dr. Dyson has advised the parents to place their babies in indirect sunlight (the windshield of the car, a window in their home) to flush out the yellow coloring. He also said that the color will die down when the baby eats and then goes to the bathroom.

The most interesting thing that I saw this week was a little girl that came in that is about 2 or 3 months old. When she began to grow, she grew breasts! As a baby, she is producing milk. I got close to her and saw Dr. Dyson press on her chest and saw milk coming out! This was so interesting to me because I never knew this could happen. This is caused by hormones in the newborn.

Several children have come in this week with coughs, fevers, and runny noses, so they are given viral swabs of the nose. If the patients throat is red, they can either have a throat culture or be strep tested. Patients may be given anti-biotics depending on how long they have been sick and how severe their sickness is.

I am very excited to continue shadowing Dr. Dyson! Stay tuned for my next blog!

Week 1: Shadowing a Pediatrician

The first week of my internship was off to an amazing start! Starting next Monday, I will begin my training and orientation in the Emergency Room at Banner University Medical Center, but this week I began my shadowing position at Dyson Pediatrics.

On Tuesday morning, I arrived at the new pediatrics office for Dr. Dyson. I was overwhelmed my the modern and very brightly colored patient rooms and decor. Each exam room is painted a different neon color and are each filled with decor of different scenes. The bright yellow room, for example, is full of Star Wars memorabilia, and the bright purple room is full of sports cleats, banners, awards.

At 8 AM on February 7th, I met with my advisor, Dr. Dyson, and began reading through the 20 patient charts that we were going to be seeing that day. Observing the patient’s age, health issues, and previous exams, I was beginning to learn about each patient and prepare for the exam.

At 8:30 AM, the first patient arrived. An 11 month old baby boy with a fever who had been sick and in the hospital for a few days. I walked into every room behind Dr. Dyson and was introduced to the patient and the patient’s family. I stood and observed the questions the doctor was asking and the specific symptoms of each patient. This process continued for four hours, and I quickly realized that RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, is very common among children this time of year. Almost every patient had a viral swab and a strep test. I also learned that when children have a fever, cough, and sore throat and their fever goes away and then comes back, it is likely that they have pneumonia.

On Thursday, February 9th, I returned to the office to watch over another 15 exams. This day was a little bit more interesting! I watched Dr. Dyson perform a circumcision on a little baby boy. I was apprehensive to watch, but I decided to anyways. The little boy was comforted with a pacifier covered in sugar-water. I was also brought into about 10 patient rooms with adorable newborn babies. I was educated on breast feeding, and I learned that newborn babies are supposed to gain 1 ounce a day!

I have loved getting to shadow this week, and I can’t wait to start working in the Emergency Room next week! I’ll let you know how it goes, wish me luck!!