This summer I was an intern for the American Board of Ophthalmology as a Data & Research Assistant. The American Board of Ophthalmology is a a non profit organization responsible for certifying eye Physicians. As a Data & Research Assistant my tasks included inputting physician information from the years 1916-1939 in Excel to be put into the organizations database. I also was tasked with updating physicians’ correct practice addresses, certification status such as retired or deceased in Excel. The information was then updated in the organizations database. The organizations IT manager walked me through how the data I managed in Excel was put into the system using SQL. The research topic I was tasked with working on was life, career, and certification information about the first women in ophthalmology for a conference the organizations CEO was to attend and talk. At the end of the internship I also got the opportunity to see practicing physicians develop the certification exam questions.
Data management is one of the many topics I am exposed to as an MIS major. My positions relation to my major was the data entry portion of the internship. In the organizations database the information for the physicians was either incorrect or nonexistent. So my task was to find the information about these physicians from trustworthy sources such as their practice website, certification books, and databases that contain the names and information of current practicing ophthalmologists like the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s find an ophthalmologist database so that the organizations database can update their database. I learned how important it is to have the correct information in a database. The bad information was costing the organization as mail was being sent out to retired, deceased, or physicians who no longer practice at the address listed. I also got to experience working remotely.