This Field Period™ provided a great taste of a variety of communications aspects in a hospital setting, where you have to navigate an office environment, but also attend events and goings ons within the department. Students considering the PR or communications career path but not sure of how to go about it will be challenged. In addition, PR in the health care setting can be very different due to HIPPA and other privacy laws that a medical organization must take into account.
Going along on some of the media interviews was some of the best parts. I got to be in a radio studio while one of our physicians gave a talk about nutrition. I helped with the filming of several television newscasts and got to meet reporters, (great for networking!) The coolest thing was a media assignment one day where I got to scrub in and head to the OR with a news crew to observe a brain surgery!