Tweet you later – LRI Internship Series

Every summer, the Baycrest Centre for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (LRI) offers ten summer internships. As one of the interns, I am spending 6 weeks at Baycrest, primarily in the long-term care teaching home working on a variety of projects and initiatives. Myself and the other interns are all undergraduate students in health professions who have an interest in gerontology and aging. 

This year, we have started a Twitter campaign to showcase our experiences at Baycrest. This initiative was inspired by a social media campaign (#whygeriatricswednesday) that I am helping to lead in my capacity as VP Media and Technology for the medical student-run National Geriatric Interest Group (NGIG). Through my involvement with NGIG, I have begun to appreciate the value of social media as a tool to promote awareness of both the challenges faced by older adults and the exciting opportunities in field of aging. I hope the newer #LRIinternship2015 campaign will illustrate some of the many opportunities and resources available to health care professionals and students considering careers involving the care of older adults.

Over the next few weeks, the LRI intern team will share a series of posts that delve into different aspects of our 2015 projects and initiatives. They’ll be posted here on the Baycrest website and on Twitter using our hashtag – #LRIinternship2015. 

Please stay tuned to hear from many of my inspirational colleagues – you will not be disappointed.

— Amanda Canfield, 2015 LRI student intern; MD Candidate Class of 2017 University of Toronto