BALTIMORE – Coppin State bowler Kaylah Castillo was selected to participate in Orlando Health’s Observership over the summer.  During this 10-week period, Castillo shadowed several doctors, including cardiologists and a vascular surgeon, and was able to witness a large variety of cath lab cardiac procedures performed by Dr. Suraj Kurup and others.  Castillo was also able to be in the operating room observing a variety of procedures.

“Observing the procedures was very interesting, but I feel that I learned the most during patient interaction in clinic,” said Castillo.  “I was able to witness how to properly interact with patients in multiple conditions and learned how to communicate appropriately despite the situation.  My time with Dr. Kurup was well spent because he took the time to explain the patient’s condition and plan of care to me in a way that I can understand.”

A rising senior from Orlando, Castillo was quick to mention how her education at Coppin, while also being a member of the bowling team, helped her prepare for this experience. In 95 career traditional matches, Castillo’s 175.57 average is the best in school-history.

“The classes that I have taken at Coppin have given me a foundation for medical science, which helped me better understand what Dr. Kurup was discussing with his patients. As captain of the bowling team, I have had to interact with various personalities in different situations. This experience was very helpful for my summer observership because I’m able to communicate with patients and physicians without feeling shy or intimidated.”

Castillo said she will continue to seek opportunities like this one to help her decide on her future career path.

The Eagles are set to open the 2021-22 season at the Mount St. Mary’s Shootout on October 16-17.

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