GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 15, 2016) – Eliane Biester, a senior biochemistry and molecular biology major at Bob Jones University, served as an intern this summer for Greenville Health System (GHS) in Greenville, South Carolina.
Biester, a resident of Chesterfield, South Carolina, served as a research intern in the pathology department, where she analyzed two different techniques of breast conserving therapy for breast cancer patients. The goal of the project was to confirm a previous study that showed a decrease in reoperation rates as well as adding a cost analysis aspect to the project.
In addition to the research experience, Biester was able to attend multi-disciplinary breast and tumor clinics, which focus on bringing the radiation specialist, oncologist, surgeon, physical therapist, and pathologist together to discuss each patient’s particular case and to decide the best treatment plan. She also observed autopsies and several different types of surgery during her time at GHS.
“This was my first immersion in a hospital, and I thoroughly enjoyed experiencing doctor-patient interaction,” says Biester. “Although I interacted with and learned from a variety of healthcare providers, I learned the most by observing how the physicians treated their patients. Each physician took the time to get to know each patient and to communicate that the patient would be taken care of to the best of their ability. This summer really has been an opportunity to get to know GHS and the incredible physicians that work there.”