Internship with Dr. Scott Elledge
by Alec Chennault, C'19
Over the past summer, I got the amazing opportunity to intern with Dr. Scott Elledge in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Elledge is an ENT physician, which means he specializes in the bodily functions of the ears, nose, and throat. It is a career in the health field in which the physician has a wide range of activities that he partakes in. During my stay in Birmingham, I got the experience of scribing for Dr. Elledge, and I also got to see many surgeries that an ENT performs. Every week was very exciting due to my activities always changing, and I was constantly getting to learn different facets of the medical field. I have always been a student who loves science such as biology and chemistry, and I know that a job in the field of medicine will allow me to craft my love for science into reality. The internship with Dr. Elledge gave me a great deal of insight into what it is like to be a physician who sees patients on a regular basis and performs surgery on a daily basis. The scribing aspect of the job, in which I would write the patient’s story, allowed me to learn new medical terminology and get an understanding of how a physician interacts with a patient. By the end of the internship, I had a much better understanding of the ears, nose, and throat. As a physician, you must have problem-solving skills to figure out how to manage or fix the problems which a patient is experiencing. Through Dr. Scott Elledge’s actions, I got to see a physician’s analytical skills set in motion. Prior to the internship, I did not think that I would like the surgery aspect of it; however, I ultimately came to enjoy the precision and patience that comes with performing surgery. I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity that I was given to work with Dr. Elledge. He is very patient and has a genuine care for the process of becoming a doctor and the learning it takes to become one. Every day, I was able to learn something new not just about the medical field, but also about myself. I have strong feelings now that I want to pursue my craft in life as a doctor, and it was through my internship in Birmingham that I was able to come to this conclusion.
ACE Medical Internship applications are due February 15th. Apply on TigerNet.