ACE Medical Internship – Plastic Surgery with Dr. Joe DeLozier

by Iris Harrison, C'17

Interning with Dr. DeLozier, C’77, through the Sewanee ACE Medical Internship program proved to be one of the most rewarding and informative summer experiences. Dr. DeLozier and his staff at the DeLozier Cosmetic Surgery Center in Nashville, TN are extremely welcoming and knowledgeable, and they made me feel right at home on the first day. During my internship, I went from never having seen a surgery before to scrubbing in everyday with a distinguished plastic surgeon. Throughout the course of the summer, I scrubbed in during surgeries at Dr. DeLozier’s clinic, accompanied Dr. DeLozier on patient consults, and observed breast reconstruction surgeries performed at Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital. I was amazed by the technique and precision that accompanied every surgical procedure. In addition to learning firsthand about surgical procedures, I learned about the equal importance of communicating and forming a bond with patients. Dr. DeLozier exemplified this importance every day with his special attention to patient care. I accompanied Dr. DeLozier to periodically check on patients at the hospital after surgery and talk to their families. Through this internship, surgery went from something that had before seemed daunting to something I now could see myself pursuing as a profession.