Pediatric Social Worker
Michelle Bagan, 24, works at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Weill Medical Center as a Pediatric Social Worker, counseling children and their families. Michelle is the social worker for the majority of the hospital's ambulatory pediatric clinics, including general pediatrics as well a multiple specialty clinics. She also works in the general pediatric inpatient unit.
Michelle has found her experience as a pediatric social worker in a medical setting to be rewarding and exciting. She writes, "Although it sounds like a cliché, I really do wake up every morning excited to go work and, more importantly, proud of my title as a Social Worker. I have the opportunity to work with diverse populations in an environment that I find to be supportive and intellectually stimulating." Much of her work is with disadvantaged families with children who have chronic or multiple medical problems. She works closely with those families, and has gained valuable experience in crisis intervention. Describing her path into social work, she said, "For as long as I can remember, I have had a desire to better the lives of others. Earning a master's in social work has allowed me the opportunity to truly fulfill a lifelong goal."