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A Healthy Experience in the ER

This summer, Zachary Zayac ’11 is getting the full-on experience of an emergency room as an intern in the Emergency Department of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, in Penn Yan, N.Y. a facility operated by Finger Lakes Health system.  

A junior at HWS, Zayac is working alongside doctors and nurses in the ER in a number of capacities, including helping with triage and transportation, bandaging and even assisting family members to find their loved ones.

Besides helping with procedures, he is getting learning how to operate some of the equipment used in the emergency room. “I’m learning how to operate equipment like the electrocardiography (EKG), and even the mobile x-ray,” he says.

As a double major in psychology and biochemistry Zayac plans on pursuing a career in either trauma surgery or as a primary care physician when he graduates and is receiving plenty of practical experience to help him in his future endeavors.

“When the doctor does anything, I get to be right there helping in any way I can,” says Zayac. “It’s a very rewarding experience to help people in need while also learning along the way.”

Zayac is also working this summer at New York State Agricultural Experiment Station  conducting plant pathology research with George Abawi, professor of plant pathology and international agriculture of Cornell University. On campus, he is a member and treasurer of Phi Sigma Kappa, president of the Intrafraternity Council, secretary of the Health Professions Club. He plays club lacrosse, is on the Budget Allocation Committee, Student Court, and is active with Hobart Student Government. Last summer, he was an orientation mentor.