Here at Tadje Orthopaedics we enjoy having students in our clinic to provide guidance and to further explore the world of healthcare and more specifically Orthopedic Surgery. Through our desire to foster a learning environment, we have teamed up with Boise State University to create an internship program for those interested in pursuing a career in medicine. This past year, we had the opportunity to get to know Matthew and watch as he continues his journey to become a future physician. Below are his words describing his time with Tadje Orthopaedics. We wish Matthew all the best in his future endeavors!
Initially, going into this internship I was excited to get more insight into what it’s like to be a physician especially in orthopaedics. The experience has only added to my burning desire to become a physician. I really enjoy having a structured plan and following it through long-term. One of my favorite parts of this experience was the variety of patients we saw on a daily basis and their unique cases. Whether it was rooming a patient in their nineties or a toddler it was always interesting to see how we could help them.
The internship was beneficial in many ways but specifically in pushing me out of my comfort zone and further developing leadership skills. As the internship progressed, I was able to gain more confidence and cultivate stronger relationships with the patients and teammates. I really enjoyed talking with patients about how we could help them and being there to listen to what they wanted to share in their lives. I loved being able to give them confidence that we could develop a plan to improve their situation. From being a former collegiate athlete and going through a major injury. I felt it helped me connect on a deeper level with the physical challenges patients were facing. I really appreciated the collaboration and common goal we all invested in to serve others to the best of our ability. Dr. Tadje and his team gave me a well-rounded experience both in clinic and surgery. Before this internship I was a little apprehensive about pursuing a surgical specialty but was always curious from my sports injury and surgery experience. I am really interested in surgery now in part to the insight gained from the internship and shadowing Dr. Tadje. Ultimately, this internship opportunity further confirmed my desire to become a physician and serve others in that capacity.