UAA, UF Health Partner for Real-World Internship Experience

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As an intern in the UF Health Pediatric Emergency Department this past fall, there were some places Ashley Pietra was not permitted to go and some things she was not permitted to see. 

In the ER, however, sometimes things just happen, regardless of guidelines. 

Like the day when a woman in labor was brought in and didn’t make it to the elevator — much less the maternity ward — before giving birth. Attendants and doctors rushed to the scene, as the baby crowned right there in the hallway. Pietra was on hand to see it all. 

“It shouldn’t be in their job description to deliver a baby right there in the ER,” said Pietra, a senior biology major and backup goalie for the Florida soccer team said. “But that’s what the cards dealt that day.” 

What a hand it was for Pietra, as well. She never imagined the real-life experiences promised from the University Athletic Association Summer Internship Program could be this real. 

Pietra was one of 17 student-athletes to take part in the program’s third annual turn, this one in partnership with UF Health. The 2020 version, though, had to be tweaked, with a push to the fall due

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