Bridget Ollesch ’15

Major: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. Hometown:Maroa, Illinois.

Bowen Fellow in Children's Research

The Children's Hospital | Aurora, Colorado

Week 10:
The Children’s Hospital

August 3, 2013 | This past week was spent putting the finishing touches on my presentation. After I presented on Wednesday, I got some really great feedback from the doctors and other research assistants. After spending so much time on this project, it was great to get such wonderful encouragement. I also had the chance to start working on […]

Week 9:
The Children’s Hospital

July 25, 2013 | I can’t believe it is already week 9! I have been enjoying myself so much at the Children’s Hospital I haven’t noticed how quickly the summer has gone by. I am in the stages of finalizing my project, which is bittersweet. I have collected all the data and have submitted it for statistical analysis. Once […]

Week 8:
The Children’s Hospital

July 18, 2013 | This past week I had some more shadowing opportunities. On Monday, I was in the OR again with a different orthopedic surgeon. In the morning, the surgeon performed a spinal fusion. I was very excited to be getting to watch a spinal fusion, since I have read a lot about them for my research project. […]

Week 7:
The Children’s Hospital

July 10, 2013 | This past week has been one of the most exciting weeks so far. After a fun-filled 4th of July, I went in the next morning to watch surgery…for the first time! I was so nervous before I went because I was not sure how I would react to seeing surgery up close. I have known […]

Week 6:
The Children’s Hospital

July 4, 2013 | This week I have been continuing to collect the necessary clinical data as well as measuring x-rays. I have finally been given access to the x-rays I need (which I couldn’t access before), so I have been able to make quite a bit of progress these past few days. After I measure the x-rays for […]

Week 5:
The Children’s Hospital

June 27, 2013 | This past week I have learned a lot about the process of research, not excluding the frustrating parts. I have continued to work on my research project as diligently as possible, however there have been a few setbacks this week. For example, I still have been unable to obtain the medical records that were not […]

Week 4:
The Children’s Hospital

June 19, 2013 | This week has consisted of me continuing to collect data from chart reviews. Once I am done collecting data, I will focus on finishing up the radiographic measures. Something different this week is that I have been working almost completely independently. My fellow research assistant was awarded an opportunity to study disparities in healthcare in […]

Week 3:
The Children’s Hospital

June 12, 2013 | If there is a take-home message from my work this week, it would be that research can be…well…messy. I have been working on collecting important information, such as post-operative complications, operative time, days in ICU, and estimated blood loss along with many other variables. To find this information I have to comb through old medical […]

Week 2:
The Children’s Hospital

June 5, 2013 | This has been a very productive week for me. After all of the reading I did last week, I was ready to start entering some data. This past week I have been working on calling patients to see if they are willing to help us with our research project. If they say yes, then we […]

Week 1:
The Children’s Hospital

May 29, 2013 | Wow! My first week has gone by really fast. I settled in with my host family the weekend before I started. I am living in a suburb near Aurora, so I have to commute (about an hour due to the heavy traffic) to work every day, which means I have had to get used to […]