Sharan Shah – Independent Project

Sharan Shah – Independent Project

Class of 2017

Introduction to Topic

This paper explores the current power and intellect of the human eye as we know today, it explores the struggles the field of ophthalmology has gone through and the paths it hopes to achieve. The field is discussed by concluding topics about patient care, daily roles/responsibilities and lacks in the overall system. The reason for choosing the topic of ophthalmology, was because of my interest in the power of the human eye, but also how large of an emphasis the eye plays on our daily activities and lifestyles. One of the first things we learn to use as a kid without being taught is the eye, from seeing your mom or dad for the first time to watching the world grow. The human eye has become the most vital part of survival which is the biggest reason I wanted to know more. Even cameras try to recreate the power of the human eye. Through this field of study I explore the path and mystery of eye to acknowledge the field that we experience that we encounter on a daily basis.

Project Description

The majority of my shadowing was a Professional Vision Center with Dr. Kessler and his fellow co-workers. Another major influence on my shadowing and mentoring was Chelsea who became a large impact on my shadowing as she was with me a majority of the time. I also was watching patients and understanding the machines and patient flow through Chelsea a majority of the time, with Dr. Kessler watching over me and providing advice and aid to my future endeavours. I also did some shadowing at Upper Chesapeake during the summer which I did not include in my journals however, it started my journey in the medical field in the orthopedics department and the telemetry department. During this shadowing I did minor jobs like cleaning, caring for patients, stocking and overall maintaining of the department as I could. After the viewing of the shadowing I created the innovations of creating an app that fundamentally allows the doctors to send reminders of directions or descriptions of medications, it can also send reminders when to book the next appointment. I also created a website that educates the public about basic descriptions of diseases and how they affect the eye.  

Experience Description

My shadowing experience was very helpful in allowing me to gain new knowledge about the eye and what all the machine the ophthalmology doctors actually use and what they can actually do for the health of the eye. Daily basis things I did during my shadowing was watching patients with Chelsea as she did the initial tests for the patients before they visit Dr. Kessler. I watched as Chelsea took patient prescriptions from the refractor and as they were sent to Dr. Kessler, both Chelsea and I analyzed the pictures of the patients back eye. We would discuss and visible problems and see possible developing diseases. We even analyzed prior patients who had clear sign of glaucoma or the effects of diabetes on the eye. We discusses the effects of laser surgery on the eye and how the marks of the eye were still visible after a months of the surgery. I really enjoyed my time shadowing as no matter how many patients we had or whether the patients were completely normal, I would still learn something new. This daily new knowledge allowed for me to gain new understanding of the eye and how every little things affected the impact on the eye. I loved the people in the office as they were kind and no matter what kinds of ideas or questions I had they were inviting and never questioned my intent. They would readily communicate with me for when I needed shadowing and even when I had any questions, always having the answers to my questions. The people were great making my time really enjoyable and worth all the time I spent on this project. Every time I entered the office they had smiling faces and I knew the day was going to be exciting yet challenging as the tasks were new and knowledgable. The most important thing that we did on a daily basis was look at patient reports and medical history documents. Chelsea and I would always go through them together and discuss what we need needed to observe especially during the images and prior testing. We would analyze any medical issues anyone could be facing and how these would affect their eyes and health. We talked about the impacts of the disease and possible occurrences it may present in the eye later on. (Jeffrey & Chelsea, 2017) This became easier as i shadowed more often as I started to understand what each thing meant and what the implications were later on.

Innovation Description

The project entailed my dedication and determination in finding a capable place of ophthalmology that could not only run by accepting patients but, also to mentor me on a daily basis. The constant emails even when responses were not received, which became a constant reminder that getting my word out there no matter what type of media would allow me to possible connect to someone that could potentially help me to communicate to find a mentor. I did have multiple hiccups as the some people that happened to reply said they are moving offices and cannot help me in the process. Others told me that they are talking to their supervisors and cannot help me until the supervisor’s response, which ultimately failed as they later did not reply at all. I even finally met someone who had communication with doctors in a cardiology department, however due to my lack of age and still in high school the doctors denied as they believed I would be to “inferior” or a waste of time. Thus, this internally broke me however, I was determined that if my peers could I could.However most of my time was limited as I often did struggle to find a mentor without the help of Mr. Burke who had become a key to my success in this project. My constant communication and possible “freak out” was calmed by Mr. Burke which allowed me to focus on my goals. However, once proper communication was located with the right people I was able to get my shadowing rolling but at a late time only allowing me to pursue and complete 50 hours. I shadowed at Professional Vision Center with a great team who trusted me and were always there for when my questions needed answers. I learned about the daily patient process, thus presenting me weakness such as slow flow times, schedule mess up due to one person being late, and even the sign in process. I ran through how each patient was observed and how each patient left, almost allowing me to be the doctor that observed the patient that had come in on that day. I slowly picked up tasks and needed a less guidance or assistance on my task ahead. Then once the hours were completed it was my role to complete the development of the innovations but I had only done 50 hours in total.. Thus, it was necessary for me to create multiple innovations as a part of my project and that’s exactly what I pursued. I focused on the the faults that I observed and discovered in my journals, so that a new idea could be discovered. In my time working there I discovered there website and how little interaction the office and patient had with it, it simply fit the role of “hey, we are a business, therefore, we must have something that says our name so people can be informed of our procedures”. As a result, I knew something had to change, not only did the website the lack the effort of making the website engaging but also it lacked the emphasis that these are normal consumers who needed vivid images and descriptions to understand diseases rather than paragraphs. The website from professional vision center contained details on diseases but lacked the aspect that it had to be invitational to the audience. The articles it contained lacked the ability to engage and this becomes very important for people who truly want facts that pertain to them and quickly find what they need rather than having to look through paragraphs of useless information that they lack the necessity for. Thus, I planned to create a company that had a website of information that was engaging, inviting to look at, with the visuals being detailed and the website being interactive. I wanted the experience of learning about the as educating as the experience of shadowing became to me. Now this may be similar to things like brochures or those papers that doctor give to patients once they leave to read about the condition they may be facing. But, in reality many people end up throwing these away once they arrive home as this causes the individuals to just gather paper which they may not need later on. The website has visuals and diagrams explaining what each thing means and where in the eye it impacts. It not only presents a way to access information but allows a portal for patients to access so that they can talk to medical professionals live or email someone about a condition they are facing and the medical professional can calmly advise you on your next steps like a doctor may. It allows a second perspective for the patients and giving the individuals a feeling of safety and serenity as their questions can be responded to. It ideas and the core values the company believes in and the goal of the website as an overall. I took me sometime to figure out this idea however, in communication with my mentor and my teacher Mr. Burke we hatched out a flaw in today’s media, we tend to ignore that many individuals may not have a degree in medicine and may even lack the understanding of the role of each part of the human eye. Thus the idea was hatched an interactive, demonstrational website that focuses on the eye and the power it has on the daily life of the individual. The company logo was created to logo maker and only free website focusing on colors that truly look good together and a central stimulus that popped to the eye that can be remembered and associated.  The logo was then downloaded as png file so that logo could fit any background no matter where it was placed. The subdomain was created with the help of my teacher Mr. Burke which allowed me limitless access to the power of wordpress and its capabilities. Then I was off finding pixabay images that visually appeared well, and pictures that fit with the theme well. I did about 12 pages of research including the information from the professional vision center website (Professional. 2017), creating a database of understandings about the human eye. Next through brochures I obtained through my mentors and the patient medical sheets and sign in sheets I analyzed the most common occurrences of visits so I could wrap my mind around what was necessary for each individual (Brochures are with me and will be used as sources, and will be included in the portfolio).  Once the research was concluded I completed the pages of information on the website including images and details about the human eye. This became the most challenging part of the innovations as it had to be engaging and descriptive. The assortment of information had to be perfect so that it looked good, but also flowed well in the page. The template of the pages had to be right and this became one of the largest struggles as I had to focus on where to put everything and deciding whether it should be pages or posts. I included reviews of the company so the company can look trustable and thus look reliable. I want the company to be real and look real to the consumer so it doesn’t look like a student developed the site.

Next,  I created an app that finally put my research all together. It is a sort of messaging app for doctors that directly aids in the communication of the two when they are not together. It is sort of a middle man for communication and a direct informational link to the information. It is basic for now however, it can be adapted to send information of any disease, list any warnings to medications for adults and children. It even has the capability to login patients and allow them to sign in with a medical history information and add their phone number allowing a direct link to the doctor. Once the patient enters their number it stores it under a database and thus putting it under their name and reason for visit. Once the patient leaves the doctor has the capability to send messages to the patient’s anytime they like, weeks or days later depending on the setting. It can send automatic replies when it has been set for example when the next visit should be or advise patients to get their contacts changed. The app unfortunately is not real however, it’s demo is created in a powerpoint version with hyperlinks and can function like a true app, except it’s not on a phone. The app allows easier and faster flow of patients as the patients can sign in if it’s their first time at home, and say when they will arrive, they can book appointments, and even be capable to be placed in the front of the office that sign in patients, which directly communicates with the doctor and lets them know what they will be expecting to see in the future. It helps to prevent waste of time filling out forms every time a patient comes to the hospital or office and flows them directly to the nurse or doctor so they can leave and no time at all. The goal is to increase productivity and create an easier job for the front desk workers who maintain all the piles of paperwork they have. It helps to remove clutter as it stores all patient records in a database allowing each patient to be easily recognized later on, through the machine rather then finding the right paper.

+ Project Topic

Introduction to Topic

This paper explores the current power and intellect of the human eye as we know today, it explores the struggles the field of ophthalmology has gone through and the paths it hopes to achieve. The field is discussed by concluding topics about patient care, daily roles/responsibilities and lacks in the overall system. The reason for choosing the topic of ophthalmology, was because of my interest in the power of the human eye, but also how large of an emphasis the eye plays on our daily activities and lifestyles. One of the first things we learn to use as a kid without being taught is the eye, from seeing your mom or dad for the first time to watching the world grow. The human eye has become the most vital part of survival which is the biggest reason I wanted to know more. Even cameras try to recreate the power of the human eye. Through this field of study I explore the path and mystery of eye to acknowledge the field that we experience that we encounter on a daily basis.

+ Project Overview

Project Description

The majority of my shadowing was a Professional Vision Center with Dr. Kessler and his fellow co-workers. Another major influence on my shadowing and mentoring was Chelsea who became a large impact on my shadowing as she was with me a majority of the time. I also was watching patients and understanding the machines and patient flow through Chelsea a majority of the time, with Dr. Kessler watching over me and providing advice and aid to my future endeavours. I also did some shadowing at Upper Chesapeake during the summer which I did not include in my journals however, it started my journey in the medical field in the orthopedics department and the telemetry department. During this shadowing I did minor jobs like cleaning, caring for patients, stocking and overall maintaining of the department as I could. After the viewing of the shadowing I created the innovations of creating an app that fundamentally allows the doctors to send reminders of directions or descriptions of medications, it can also send reminders when to book the next appointment. I also created a website that educates the public about basic descriptions of diseases and how they affect the eye.  

+ Experience

Experience Description

My shadowing experience was very helpful in allowing me to gain new knowledge about the eye and what all the machine the ophthalmology doctors actually use and what they can actually do for the health of the eye. Daily basis things I did during my shadowing was watching patients with Chelsea as she did the initial tests for the patients before they visit Dr. Kessler. I watched as Chelsea took patient prescriptions from the refractor and as they were sent to Dr. Kessler, both Chelsea and I analyzed the pictures of the patients back eye. We would discuss and visible problems and see possible developing diseases. We even analyzed prior patients who had clear sign of glaucoma or the effects of diabetes on the eye. We discusses the effects of laser surgery on the eye and how the marks of the eye were still visible after a months of the surgery. I really enjoyed my time shadowing as no matter how many patients we had or whether the patients were completely normal, I would still learn something new. This daily new knowledge allowed for me to gain new understanding of the eye and how every little things affected the impact on the eye. I loved the people in the office as they were kind and no matter what kinds of ideas or questions I had they were inviting and never questioned my intent. They would readily communicate with me for when I needed shadowing and even when I had any questions, always having the answers to my questions. The people were great making my time really enjoyable and worth all the time I spent on this project. Every time I entered the office they had smiling faces and I knew the day was going to be exciting yet challenging as the tasks were new and knowledgable. The most important thing that we did on a daily basis was look at patient reports and medical history documents. Chelsea and I would always go through them together and discuss what we need needed to observe especially during the images and prior testing. We would analyze any medical issues anyone could be facing and how these would affect their eyes and health. We talked about the impacts of the disease and possible occurrences it may present in the eye later on. (Jeffrey & Chelsea, 2017) This became easier as i shadowed more often as I started to understand what each thing meant and what the implications were later on.

+ Innovation

Innovation Description

The project entailed my dedication and determination in finding a capable place of ophthalmology that could not only run by accepting patients but, also to mentor me on a daily basis. The constant emails even when responses were not received, which became a constant reminder that getting my word out there no matter what type of media would allow me to possible connect to someone that could potentially help me to communicate to find a mentor. I did have multiple hiccups as the some people that happened to reply said they are moving offices and cannot help me in the process. Others told me that they are talking to their supervisors and cannot help me until the supervisor’s response, which ultimately failed as they later did not reply at all. I even finally met someone who had communication with doctors in a cardiology department, however due to my lack of age and still in high school the doctors denied as they believed I would be to “inferior” or a waste of time. Thus, this internally broke me however, I was determined that if my peers could I could.However most of my time was limited as I often did struggle to find a mentor without the help of Mr. Burke who had become a key to my success in this project. My constant communication and possible “freak out” was calmed by Mr. Burke which allowed me to focus on my goals. However, once proper communication was located with the right people I was able to get my shadowing rolling but at a late time only allowing me to pursue and complete 50 hours. I shadowed at Professional Vision Center with a great team who trusted me and were always there for when my questions needed answers. I learned about the daily patient process, thus presenting me weakness such as slow flow times, schedule mess up due to one person being late, and even the sign in process. I ran through how each patient was observed and how each patient left, almost allowing me to be the doctor that observed the patient that had come in on that day. I slowly picked up tasks and needed a less guidance or assistance on my task ahead. Then once the hours were completed it was my role to complete the development of the innovations but I had only done 50 hours in total.. Thus, it was necessary for me to create multiple innovations as a part of my project and that’s exactly what I pursued. I focused on the the faults that I observed and discovered in my journals, so that a new idea could be discovered. In my time working there I discovered there website and how little interaction the office and patient had with it, it simply fit the role of “hey, we are a business, therefore, we must have something that says our name so people can be informed of our procedures”. As a result, I knew something had to change, not only did the website the lack the effort of making the website engaging but also it lacked the emphasis that these are normal consumers who needed vivid images and descriptions to understand diseases rather than paragraphs. The website from professional vision center contained details on diseases but lacked the aspect that it had to be invitational to the audience. The articles it contained lacked the ability to engage and this becomes very important for people who truly want facts that pertain to them and quickly find what they need rather than having to look through paragraphs of useless information that they lack the necessity for. Thus, I planned to create a company that had a website of information that was engaging, inviting to look at, with the visuals being detailed and the website being interactive. I wanted the experience of learning about the as educating as the experience of shadowing became to me. Now this may be similar to things like brochures or those papers that doctor give to patients once they leave to read about the condition they may be facing. But, in reality many people end up throwing these away once they arrive home as this causes the individuals to just gather paper which they may not need later on. The website has visuals and diagrams explaining what each thing means and where in the eye it impacts. It not only presents a way to access information but allows a portal for patients to access so that they can talk to medical professionals live or email someone about a condition they are facing and the medical professional can calmly advise you on your next steps like a doctor may. It allows a second perspective for the patients and giving the individuals a feeling of safety and serenity as their questions can be responded to. It ideas and the core values the company believes in and the goal of the website as an overall. I took me sometime to figure out this idea however, in communication with my mentor and my teacher Mr. Burke we hatched out a flaw in today’s media, we tend to ignore that many individuals may not have a degree in medicine and may even lack the understanding of the role of each part of the human eye. Thus the idea was hatched an interactive, demonstrational website that focuses on the eye and the power it has on the daily life of the individual. The company logo was created to logo maker and only free website focusing on colors that truly look good together and a central stimulus that popped to the eye that can be remembered and associated.  The logo was then downloaded as png file so that logo could fit any background no matter where it was placed. The subdomain was created with the help of my teacher Mr. Burke which allowed me limitless access to the power of wordpress and its capabilities. Then I was off finding pixabay images that visually appeared well, and pictures that fit with the theme well. I did about 12 pages of research including the information from the professional vision center website (Professional. 2017), creating a database of understandings about the human eye. Next through brochures I obtained through my mentors and the patient medical sheets and sign in sheets I analyzed the most common occurrences of visits so I could wrap my mind around what was necessary for each individual (Brochures are with me and will be used as sources, and will be included in the portfolio).  Once the research was concluded I completed the pages of information on the website including images and details about the human eye. This became the most challenging part of the innovations as it had to be engaging and descriptive. The assortment of information had to be perfect so that it looked good, but also flowed well in the page. The template of the pages had to be right and this became one of the largest struggles as I had to focus on where to put everything and deciding whether it should be pages or posts. I included reviews of the company so the company can look trustable and thus look reliable. I want the company to be real and look real to the consumer so it doesn’t look like a student developed the site.

Next,  I created an app that finally put my research all together. It is a sort of messaging app for doctors that directly aids in the communication of the two when they are not together. It is sort of a middle man for communication and a direct informational link to the information. It is basic for now however, it can be adapted to send information of any disease, list any warnings to medications for adults and children. It even has the capability to login patients and allow them to sign in with a medical history information and add their phone number allowing a direct link to the doctor. Once the patient enters their number it stores it under a database and thus putting it under their name and reason for visit. Once the patient leaves the doctor has the capability to send messages to the patient’s anytime they like, weeks or days later depending on the setting. It can send automatic replies when it has been set for example when the next visit should be or advise patients to get their contacts changed. The app unfortunately is not real however, it’s demo is created in a powerpoint version with hyperlinks and can function like a true app, except it’s not on a phone. The app allows easier and faster flow of patients as the patients can sign in if it’s their first time at home, and say when they will arrive, they can book appointments, and even be capable to be placed in the front of the office that sign in patients, which directly communicates with the doctor and lets them know what they will be expecting to see in the future. It helps to prevent waste of time filling out forms every time a patient comes to the hospital or office and flows them directly to the nurse or doctor so they can leave and no time at all. The goal is to increase productivity and create an easier job for the front desk workers who maintain all the piles of paperwork they have. It helps to remove clutter as it stores all patient records in a database allowing each patient to be easily recognized later on, through the machine rather then finding the right paper.

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