Congratulations Twin Valley High School senior Maddie Herman for being named March’s Intern of the Month.
Last year, Maddie shadowed with the Reading Hospital at the McGlinn Cancer Center where she gained more interest in the field of oncology. Currently, she interns at the Phoenixville Cancer Center with Licensed Certified Genetic Counselor Amanda Carre.
Here Maddie has the opportunity to experience many different aspects of genetic counseling, learns to draw a pedigree, observes patient sessions and helps with charts, requisitions, and patient follow-up letters.
Amanda enjoys working with Maddie and says, “Maddie is a driven intern--she comes to clinic each day willing to learn and try new things. She is constantly asking questions to help increase her knowledge of genetics, where the information can change day to day. She is always smiling and makes everyone around her feel at ease. I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Maddie over the past few months and if she continues along this career path, I look forward to calling her a colleague in a few years.”
Maddie also interned with Biology Instructor, Mr. Hertzler and says, “He is passionate about biology and it shows when he teaches. His use of analogies and metaphors make complicated biology topics easier for students to understand. I really enjoyed prepping for labs and assisting in the classroom.”
Mr. Hertzler enjoyed having Maddie as an intern and comments, “I have been blessed to have had the chance to have Maddie as a fixture in my classroom. Maddie excelled as a student in my Biology class and challenged herself in a senior level Anatomy and Physiology course the following spring. When I was asked to host her as an intern I hardly needed more than a moment to consider my answer. Being a classroom intern seemed second nature to Maddie. By using her engaging personality to approach each of my students, Maddie effectively lead lessons, directed labs, and provided constructive feedback confidently. As the semester progressed Maddie was able to integrate real world experiences she was having in her internship at the Phoenixville Cancer Center during our Heredity and Genetics Unit. It has been such a pleasure and encouragement to see someone excited about life sciences and take advantage of the opportunities provided at Twin Valley to gain a priceless advantage in her upcoming journey.” Congratulations, Maddie!