Eye Opener

Ah, the day you have to put your big girl pants on and go to your big girl job. Though I have had many jobs in the past, this experience was like no other. The experience to work at Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgical Institute (MERSI) with so many intelligent people is one I will always remember. I was able to work hand and hand with doctors, fellows, researchers, NPs, nurses, and many others in a specialized practice in Ophthalmology and Immunology. This internship and the people I worked with have taught me a couple of important things that I will take with me in my future endeavors.


  • Don’t let difficulty stop you from following your dreams. Many times I have wanted to give up on my dream of being a doctor/NP, but the doctors at MERSI have taught me that although their journeys were anything but easy, it was all worth it in the end because they are able to do what they love. Whether that be going to medical school right out of undergrad or 20 years later.
  • You don’t always have to be the top dog. Growing up, I always thought I wanted to be a doctor, because one, I have always had a love for medicine and two, growing up we are always taught that doctors and lawyers ran the “it” careers. This internship taught me that this isn’t the case. It’s all about the kind of life you want to live, and everyone is different! After working closely with a nurse practitioner throughout my internship I have learned that being a nurse practitioner is a better route for me, and the quality of life I want.
  • The love of that “ah ha!” moment when all the piles of information that has been thrown at you all comes together. The light bulb went off for me shortly into my internship after being taught what everyone does in the office and protocols and treatment plans. Though the office is a very specialized one in the medical field it is important to know the process of treatment plans, clinical experience, and all the behind the scenes information that I learned at MERSI to take with me to any medical field I chose.

Every experience I go through is a new piece added to my puzzle, and I can officially say that from my experience working at MERSI, I have added many pieces to my self portrait, both eyes included!

Written by Alyssa Montieth, BC Class of 2017


All Eyes

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Imagine that you were a patient who has slowly became blind over time. You are constantly in and out of the doctors office – you’ve seen every doctor imaginable and no one can figure out what is wrong. Dr. Foster is many peoples’ last hope. In fact, he has fully cured six people of complete blindness. I am lucky enough to work with Dr. Foster and all the other amazing doctors, nurses and support staff at Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institute (MERSI) as a Medical and Research Assistant.

My Boston College education had gave me the skills I need to successfully tackle the internship I have ahead of me.

  • My sophomore year I participated in The PULSE Program for Service Learning. I was placed at an all women’s substance abuse program called Women’s Hope at the Shattuck Hospital. Working at Women’s Hope I was able to gain experience with working with Medical Insurance Companies. I was also able to gain clinical patient care experience that will be extremely useful in my current internship.
  • Also, the experience I gained in Biology Lab with Dr. Warner will help me in lab techniques and lab protocol.

With the knowledge I gained from my past internships and the education Boston College has provided me from biology and chemistry to philosophy and writing, I feel as though I will have an edge in the work force. Overall, I feel as though Boston College’s ideals for cultivating a well rounded individual with the focus on creating highly educated students that support the creation of diversity and a supportive community with equality for all has gave me all I need for a successful internship and future.

Written by Alyssa Montieth, BC Class of 2017