Big Ten co-Specialist of the Year Justin Inacio is coming off a sophomore season that saw him lead the Big Ten in faceoff win percentage (.637). This summer, he’s tackling a whole new specialty – Inacio is a surgical intern at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, one of the most globally renowned children’s hospitals.
Inacio is part of the Huntington Bucks Go Pro 2.0 class, which is one of the signature program’s within the Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute. The class is comprised of a program-record 57 student-athletes representing 22 different Buckeyes sports programs.
Why were you originally interested in interning this summer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital? “Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the most globally recognized pediatric hospitals in the world. They gave me the opportunity to gain both shadowing and research experience in the otolaryngology medical field. Obtaining this level of experience from shadowing high-level surgeons within the otolaryngology department will benefit my future and increase my level of knowledge and appreciation for medicine. At the same time, being able to pursue research projects is not something to be taken lightly and I am very grateful for this opportunity.”
What is a typical day like for you this summer? “Each day is quite different. Some days I am shadowing surgeons within the operating room. I am very grateful for the doctors at Nationwide Children’s in the otolaryngology department for their commitment to thoroughly explain and walk me through each procedure. Other days I am in the main clinic observing patient check-ups. And the rest of the days I am working on research projects in the office; the plan is to publish these projects by the end of summer.”
What are some of the most valuable things you’ve learned thus far? “The amount of knowledge and experience I have gained is incredible. The many different things I have learned include: Medical concepts within the otolaryngology department, how the med school application / process works and how to carry out research and produce research projects properly. Dr. Elemaraghy, Dr. Chiang, and everyone else that makes this internship program possible, do an outstanding job at aiding us and providing us with resources in order to benefit us and positively affect our future.”