Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) student, Haylee, has joined the Reid R. Sacco Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Program for the summer! In her Summer Scholar role she will be working closely with our survivorship specialist and Nurse Practitioner, Nadine Linendoll, PhD, MDiv, GNP.
Here she shares what interested her about joining the AYA Program.
I saw Dr. Parsons and Rachel, the Education & Outreach Coordinator, speak at TUSM in the fall and immediately knew I wanted to be a part of the AYA team! I have been interested in oncology since I was too young to really know what oncology was, and in the more recent past, I have greatly enjoyed working with and learning from the AYA population.
In my exposure to medicine so far I’ve found adolescents and young adults to be a group often left out of the generally binary lens of adult or pediatric care. For this reason and others I was extremely excited to find out that the AYA program exists at Tufts Medical Center and even more excited by the prospect of being a part of it!
The more I’ve learned about the patient-centered care coordination that the program provides, the more excited I’ve become. I hope to carry what I learn this summer and beyond to my future patients wherever I am.
This summer I hope to learn more about the psychosocial effects of cancer on a young person and how we in the healthcare field can better support the growth and development of independence and a sense of ownership for individuals participating in their own care. As a child I was so intrigued by cancer because of the extreme effect it could have on a person and their loved ones. I would read every book or story I could find on the topic and knew I wanted to be a part of that care. I now understand and appreciate more of the science and medicine behind cancer, but I still find that the one aspect of caring for patients with cancer and survivors of cancer that draws me in time and again is the humanity of the practice.
I feel very lucky to be spending my summer with the AYA team, and I look forward to learning from the incredible people who already do this work every day!
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