Dec 8, 2015
Alumni and friends of the College who own businesses often are eager to provide internship opportunities for FSC students. Distinguished Alumnus Dr. Keith Berend ’92, an orthopedic surgeon and partner in Joint Implant Surgeons, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, established a six-week paid internship program at his clinic for two or three FSC pre-med and athletic training students four years ago. The internship was the result of conversations with President Anne Kerr and Dr. Robert H. Tate, vice president for advancement.
“With the popularity of the sciences increasing, there appeared to be a need for an internship in the field of medicine. My wife and I established the program, funded through our foundation,” he says.
Joint Implant Surgeons is the busiest knee replacement clinic in the nation, conducting about 4,000 joint replacement procedures a year, and Dr. Berend describes the internship program as mentoring the students in the “three pillars” of his practice: excellence in patient care, education, and research.
The students accompany Dr. Berend during pre-operative and post-operative interviews; observe surgical procedures; assist nurses, surgical assistants, and physical therapists; and conduct hands-on research with patients on the outcomes of their surgeries.
“I’ve been really impressed with the students. They’re very smart. They have great personalities, and they’re willing to work hard and take responsibility. They’re going to excel in their fields,” he says. “And another benefit of the program is that most of these students are not from the Midwest, and they have the opportunity to spend time in Central Ohio and discover all that it has to offer.”