Grupp Gets Closer to the Heart

Posted by Rachael Wilbur
Erica Grupp has completed her internship with UVA Health System. Over the course of her internship, Erica used ultrasound waves to observe the human heart and identify potential problems.

Erica Grupp, a rising senior in the Exercise Science department, has completed her summer internship with the Sonography Department of the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va. Sonography is a diagnostic medical test that uses high-frequency sound waves, also called ultrasound waves, to bounce off of structures in the body and create an image. “I started in the Echocardiography department looking at ten hearts a day,” Grupp said. “I got the opportunity to observe invasive echocardiogram during a catheterization lab procedure, semi-invasive during multiple transesophageal echocardiograms, and countless noninvasive echocardiograms with inpatients and outpatients. My favorite part about observing was being able to see when the heart was damaged before, the process and procedure to fix it, and the result of the repair.”

UVA Health System is a 600-bed hospital which includes the School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library and the University Physicians Group, as well as a children’s hospital. “Each department was more than willing to give me lots of advice, share what they love about their profession and even what they wish they could change about it,” Grupp said. “Every day during my internship I learned something new, it was wonderful!”

After experiencing everything in her internship, Erica Grupp plans to go into the Diagnostic Medical Echocardiography profession with possible specialization in Musculoskeletal Sonography. “Doing an internship was a great opportunity for me to learn what I like and what I do not like, so I made sure to make the most of it. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and ask lots of questions.”

  • Erica Grupp and the echocardiograph she used.
    Erica Grupp and the echocardiograph she used.
Doing an internship was a great opportunity for me to learn what I like and what I do not like, so I made sure to make the most of it. It allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and ask lots of questions.
-Erica Grupp

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