HobNobMurfreesboro Highlights MTSU Seniors Spending Summer Shadowing Middle Tennessee Medical Center Physicians

Murfreesboro, TN, September 07, 2009 --(PR.com)-- HobNobMurfreesboro.com has recently partnered up with the Middle Tennessee Medical Center which is set to launch in October of 2010. This partnership is designed to help promote the awareness of the medical community and its advances in Murfreesboro, TN.

Three rising seniors at Middle Tennessee State University recently completed Middle Tennessee Medical Center’s physician internship program. Merranda Holmes, 21, Patrick Jennings, 23 and Shannon Murphy, 20 each spent 10 weeks during the summer, observing firsthand the care of patients in a variety of medical specialties including primary care, surgery, emergency room, labor and delivery and laboratory.

“The internship gave us the chance to cover all fields within medicine,” said Jennings, a Woodbury native double majoring in biology and music. “It allows us to see what a day in the life of a doctor is really like.”

The students were selected based on enthusiasm for the program, academic performance, recommendations of faculty, results of a written application, a brief interview and potential for success in the program and medical school in general. The program was established in 2001 as a joint project between MTMC and the Rutherford County and Stones River Academy of Medicine.

“The shadowing program provides our future physicians with a glimpse of the current practice of medicine,” said MTMC Emergency Medicine Physician Kevin Beier, MD. “It is an exceptional program and provides these inspiring individuals insight into the different facets of medicine, with goals, objectives and a dose of reality that will improve their ability to best match their attributes with their medical career choices.”

“The internship has made me more motivated for medical school,” said Holmes, a biology major from McMinnville. “The physicians have been friendly and enthusiastic to teach us. We’ve gotten to experience situations that we would otherwise only be able to read about.”

Along with their internship and social activities, the students spent their summer completing medical school applications, each hoping to stay in Tennessee for school. After receiving their medical degree they are considering joining the future medical staff of the new MTMC, scheduled to open Oct. 2, 2010.

John Iaccheri