#InsideAPE: Lauren Krebs and the Emory University Hospital
Category : #WeAreEmoryEPI
Lauren Krebs is a rising-second year Epidemiology MPH candidate. This summer, Lauren is interning with the Infection Prevention Department at Emory University Hospital Midtown to prevent and reduce healthcare associated infections. Her primary interests include maternal and child health along with sexual and reproductive health. Read more about Lauren and her experience below!
Tell us about your APE project.
I am interning at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) with the Infection Prevention Department. We do a little bit over everything! However the main things would be daily rounds on all units to check for overall cleanliness, consulting with nurses and doctors when there is a healthcare associated infection (HAI) or potential HAI, and reviewing construction projects to determine what safety protocols need to be taken to prevent HAIs.
How did you find your APE project?
My friend took a class on HAIs in the spring and they had a guest speaker from the Infection Prevention Department at EUHM who talked about the inter program. She mentioned it to me and I reached out to them via email.
When did you start looking for an APE? When did you start working for your APE organization?
I started looking for an APE in April, but wasn’t having much luck. I heard about this opportunity at the end of May and was able to start mid-June.
What has the experience been like so far?
So far I love it! I didn’t know much about it going in, so I didn’t really know what to expect. The Infection Prevention team is amazing and so supportive. Everyone at the hospital is very kind and welcoming, and I get to do a lot of hands on tasks.
How have you been spending your free time this summer?
I have been training my puppy, going to dog parks, and watching way too many crime shows.
What are 3 fun facts that you want people to know about you?
1. I’ve been skydiving and bungee jumping.
2. I am a proud dog mom.
3. I am a die hard belieber.
Thanks for speaking with us this week, Lauren! Stay tuned into the Confounder to see who we interview next.