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Research Changed My Life!

Posted by Rosaline Cordova:  October 13, 2011

This summer I had the privilege of working in Dr. Jason Huntley’s lab through the undergraduate research program, USRCAP. My project involved testing a vaccine from immunization to infection. The experience that I had this summer was life changing for a few reasons.

First, this project opened my eyes to the world of real science, and how important scientific research truly is to continue our knowledge and understanding of our surroundings. Working in the lab was much different than the cookie cutter experiments that we are used to from Gen Chem and Bio, the results you yield are real and have to be interpreted, and sometimes you may not even get the same result twice. Real science involves real hard work and real thinking, but it also involves real fun and real gratification!

Secondly, the opportunity to be mentored by someone that will help you grow as a student and person was an incredible experience. Dr. Huntley has been an awesome mentor to me, so much so that I have chosen to continue to work in his lab this semester on my honors thesis! He has taught me so much about vaccines, biochemistry, and lab technique, which has been so cool because my research project actually relates to what I am learning in class!  He also taught me how to build a good presentation, showed me the importance of following through on everything I do, and motivated me to meet due dates. Dr. Huntley has been so patient with me every step of the way, and I am glad that my first research experience was in his lab.  He is a great mentor and teacher.

Lastly, my research project is something that I earned that will help me in my future education and career. When I was growing up my dad would always tell me that the choices I make today effect my experiences tomorrow. My decision to conduct this research project definitely has impacted my future experiences in such a positive way, especially as an aspiring doctor.

If you couldn’t already tell, from student to fellow students, I highly encourage you to participate in undergraduate research if you have the opportunity. Hands down it will be one the best choices you make as a student, and it will change your life. The experience will benefit you greatly enhancing your classroom experience in ways you never thought possible. Also, performing research will open many doors for you as you continue your academic journey. Of course it will be hard work, but anything in life that is actually worth something comes with the price of hard work. Trust me, it’s so worth it!

Check out your opportunities on the Office of Undergraduate Research home page on UT’s website. And if I can help you in any way just let me know!


ps. can’t wait for another Rocket victory over BGSUcks!!! GOOO Rockets!

Some Talk, Some Do

Posted by Rosaline Cordova: August 7, 2011

This summer has been so much fun as a scribe in the Toledo Hospital ER! There are sooo many wonderful staff members, but two incredible gentlemen come to mind… Dr. Rob Wood and Moe Jallad, NP.

Dr. Rob Wood is one of my favorite physicians to work with because he is intelligent, cares about the patients, and is very efficient in the ED. Dr. Rob graduated from OSU with his PharmD and was first a pharmacist before an MD, he graduated from UTMC (then MUO). He is a very hard worker and great teacher, every time we work together I learn so much. This summer Dr. Rob made bracelets that say “some talk, some do.” Dr. Rob and Moe exhibit this philosophy so well, they are some of the hardest workers I know.

Moe’s story is shows how true dedication and hardwork can get you far. Moe graduated from Bethlehem Univeristy with BSN in nursing with honors in 1998. He worked in the ER in Palestine in a level one trauma center for 2 years. Moe moved to the US in 2000, where he had to work as an NA in the ER because he had to take his Ohio board exam for foriegner nurses. He passed the board and in few years progressed to an ER nurse, then ER charge nurse. Moe joined the first rapid response team at TTH while he was going to NP school part time, he kept his full time job and was also a part time clinical associate at Owens at the same time! Then he was hired by  Emergency Physicians of Northwest Ohio, there were only 2 NPs at that time . Moe changed the whole impression about the midlevel, creating new exprectations and setting the bar high for all midlevels. EPNO was so satisfied and stunned with his hard work that he was assigned to be the lead midlevel provider. He then hired and trained more midlevels, and now EPNO has 12 midlevels, Moe trained them all.

Needless to say, Dr. Rob and Moe exemplify the hard work that the healthcare providers give at the Toledo Hospital and I have to say that I am so honored and lucky to have the privilege to work with them. They truly are great men who inspire me in my journey to becoming a healthcare provider myself. Some people talk about getting things done, and others actually DO IT!

Read the First Read Book!

Posted by Rosaline Cordova
July 29, 2011

For the past few months I have had the pleasure of sitting on the First Read Committee as the student representative. Honestly, I was excited to help pick out the new first read book because I have enjoyed reading the first read book for the past two years, but I have to say I’m not a “reader,” so I wasn’t all too excited about actually reading the book. After we chose Everything Matters I was gently forced into reading the book by Jim Zubricky and Jennifer Rockwood, who sit on the committee, because they wanted my advice for the assignments that the committee created for the orientation classes. So, I began reading the book, and the beginning is a little weird (ok, maybe a lot weird), but the first half of the book awkwardly entertains you. But once you get to the second half of the book, this is where I honestly could not put it down, you are fully engaged by suspense, and the author even manages to grab ahold of your heart strings. With out giving away too much… You meet Junior as a fetus and the Voices start talking to him, and they tell him that the end of the world will happen when he is 36. The story continues to develop as Junior gets older, as he goes through awkward school phases, meets his first love Amy, the trials and tribulations of young adulthood, and all the way to adulthood. The author keeps you engaged by giving different points of view from the characters and their perspectives of their life, none of whom know that the world is going to end. The book takes a turn about 1/2 to 2/3 the way through and this is the part that really grabs you. Ahh! trust me I want to explain it to you, but if I do it either gives away the whole story or you will hate me for telling you what happens when you read it yourself. Just trust me, this first read book is the best first read book since I was a freshman. I am totally looking forward to all of the fun programming that the FYE program has in store for the new Rockets and UT community. I hope that everyone chooses to read Everything Matters! I never understood how books bring people together, but seriously I think this book could definitely spark interesting conversation and bring people together. I know from reading it, the message of the book definitely inspired me and has given me a new perspective on life.

So what are you waiting for? Go pick up a copy at the bookstore or online or borrow a copy, and read the book! Listen: Everything ends, everything matters.

Happy reading!