The MedRhythms Blog Part 2

The MedRhythms Blog Part 2

2020, Jan 14    

If you missed part 1, read it here.

Unfamiliar Territory

I am in my second week interning at MedRhythms, and I am still having so much fun. My projects are downright fascinating, and I feel like I am making good progress so far. I have surprised myself, to be honest – when I was introduced to what I would be responsible for, I was somewhat panicked as I felt as though I was unprepared. I’m working in Python (not my best programming language) processing somewhat complex JSON (which I had never actually seen before starting here), but I successfully created a file format conversion script specific to the IMU data that I was tasked with “uncovering”. Now, I need to figure out how to integrate this into the data processing pipeline so that I may begin analysis of the information and start to answer some big questions.

I also realize that my experience with developing in an agile environment is pretty limited, as branching and documentation best practice is something that I am learning here at MedRhythms. Those project reports that we do for Computer Science courses are for a reason, folks!


Speaking of the CS department data analysis, I can already tell that the experience that I am getting here is going to pay major dividends next semester when I take 251. I now feel pretty comfortable working in Python, specifically with pandas dataframes and numpy.

The Intern Life

I am really enjoying this taste of what it would be like to be a dev/engineer at a software company. For one, being at the office every day by 8:45 AM has forced me to adopt a semi-regular sleep schedule, which is definitely a good thing. I feel as though I have enough time during the work day to get a meaningful amount done, and I usually leave around 5:00 PM.

We have stand-up meetings that sometimes include anyone in the office, or occasionally I’ll have a one-on-one with David, a software engineer here at MedRhythms who I think writes Python better than I speak English. I definitely feel like I am part of the team, and appreciate that I can be a part of these meetings.

I’ve also got quite a bit of autonomy, which is nice. Scary, but important.

Since I feel as though this post is just a massive wall of text thus far, please enjoy this wonderful meme that my coworker Sara posted in the #devmemes channel of the Slack: Meme

Some Closing Advice

Get some experience working in an agile environment. Familiarize yourself with DevOps tools like Docker, Chef, AWS, and Git. It will pay off, and I’m sure it looks great on the resume. Maybe just try doing your next group CS project in a GitHub repo, and use the Colby wiki on Confluence for writing some kickass documentation.