>Interns are placed either at on-site field locations or at the DAN headquarters in Durham, N.C. I was placed at the DAN headquarters working with Dr. Neal Pollock in the DAN Research department. Under his guidance, I had an internship that helped to develop my future in a field that is my passion.
>Throughout the summer, I gained first hand exposure to the workings of an Institutional Review Board and the governing principles of human research ethics. I helped to develop the new on-site physiology lab and learned the techniques of transthoracic echocardiogram. I attended numerous informative lectures on decompression sickness, bubble formation and other related topics in dive medicine.
>In addition to hard work, my internship incorporated many fun activities such as weekly volleyball games (which I still attend a year later), holiday cookouts and other events that helped me become a part of the DAN family.
>It was hard to leave, but the internship helped me to network and learn of other opportunities in the field. I am currently working as a laboratory technician at the Duke Hyperbaric Clinic. Through my experience at DAN and my continued work at Duke, I have completed several abstract publications in the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Journal and a presentation at the annual symposium. My passion for the field of diving medicine and physiology continues to grow every day, and I am grateful to DAN for making my internship such an outstanding experience.