For the past three months, I’ve had the pleasure of interning at pMD in their San Francisco office as part of their engineering team. Over the course of the internship, I’ve learned about the field of health care, improved my development skills, worked on some really cool projects, and, most importantly, come to know the pMD team. The summer flew by and now as I wrap up my internship, I’ve had a chance to reflect back on my time here.
When I joined pMD, I was placed on the “Goatworks” team - a sort of subteam within the engineers that focuses on special projects. Throughout the summer, I worked closely with my manager and mentor, Clayton, the Lead Software Engineer on that team. In addition to weekly chats about anything that was on my mind, Clayton suggested books that helped me improve technically, guided me through each of the projects I was assigned, and gave me advice on career development. I think that having such a great mentor as the “go-to” whenever any questions came up was one of the keys that made this internship special. But Clayton wasn’t alone in his mentorship; the entire development team acted as teachers at different points during the internship. Whether it was talking through architecture decisions, pairing up to work through a tough problem, or just grabbing lunch, the team supported me throughout the summer and the collaborative environment helped me to be more productive and have more fun!
Over the course of the internship, I was able to create a new version of the app for Primary Care Physicians, fix various bugs, add new features on both the web and iOS, and add filters to the report section of pMD where administrators and supervisors can gather valuable data on their practice with ease. I also worked on patient tagging and custom field filters that allow doctors to see groups of patients with specific attributes.
The technical project I am most proud of is the ability to securely message with patients using pMD’s HIPAA-compliant messaging product. The project was a little intimidating as it spans across every platform and touches many different aspects of the codebase. But with the support of the pMD team, I felt confident in tackling it. Taking this project from the design stage to a beta version was a long process, but it has also been very rewarding. Being able to experience the development process in its entirety - from the idea stage all the way through to the final release and seeing your work live - is an incredible feeling.
Throughout the summer, I felt like my opinion was appreciated and I felt like a full-fledged member of the team. I found that pMD’s culture is very people-centric. Every person I’ve met at pMD understands that improving real people’s lives is at the core of what we do, and this core value shines not only through our amazing customer service, but also through how the company treats its employees. pMD cares about their employees and invests in their success, and each employee is passionate, motivated, and hardworking.
Since we’re a small team with customers all over the country, employees travel often. I was lucky enough to join the team on a trip to Anchorage, Alaska, and it was during that trip that I got to know many of my colleagues. While we hustled every day to make sure we could see as many of our customers as possible during the trip, the team also took time to hang out and have fun in the evenings, whether it was hiking to a glacier, sharing a delicious meal, or riding a mechanical bull.
The internship program at pMD is unique because it is customized to the individual’s strengths, interests, and experiences. I’ve been surprised by how much I’ve been able to contribute in such a short time thanks to the mentorship of the development staff and how much fun the work has been. pMD gives you the best of both worlds: a nimble, lean, startup that’s moving and growing quickly and the security that comes with a business that’s established (and shipping!) for over a decade. For any prospective interns, pMD should be on the top of your list.