During my internship, I took on a wide variety of responsibilities. I worked towards earning an AFAA Arthritis Foundation Program Leader certification and was able to lead walking sessions for the ISU Walk with Ease (WWE) program. I scheduled and conducted WWE Participant Baseline and Final Evaluation visits and worked with other healthcare professionals (PTs, Physicians, etc.) for participant referral. I also worked this summer to develop a Community Fall Risk Screening Training Course on Canvas and hosted two screening events at Research Park. I also Developed flyers and other promotional tools for the WWE Program and our reach events.
Throughout my internship, we have been working on expanding our reach for a program called Walk with Ease. To do this, we have been developing and hosting community screening events to obtain participants for the program. One of my greatest accomplishments for this component was developing a Canvas training course for those in surrounding counties who want to have screening events as well.
Organization and time management is everything!! When tasked with so many things during my internship, it was sometimes easy to lose sight of important things that were high priority. However, when I sat down and organized my thoughts, and created time blocks for specific duties, I felt much more confident in the work I was doing.
What advice would you give?
Don't be afraid of feedback. There were a few times that I was asked to do things I had never done before, which required a lot of humility to start. I was fearful of doing something wrong, until I quickly learned that my supervisor and other mentors were there to support me and help provide feedback when I needed help! They have so much wisdom to offer and are experts in their field, so I was able to learn from them in addition to what I was learning on my own.