Andy William (Greece) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2018
Written by mcdcimsa, on November 4th, 2018
Here, i begin my essay with an introduction, My name is Andy William, a fourth year medical student at the University of Pelita Harapan (UPH). I am currently at my last year of pre-clinical studies before going on to the clinical stage. I am also a passive member of CIMSA (Center of Indonesian Medical Students’ Activities), an organization affiliated under the WHO, and a representative of the IFMSA from Indonesia. I have been a member of CIMSA since the first day of enrolling in my University, and for 2 years i have worked and contributed my spirit and ideas as an active member, for the development of CIMSA UPH. Through my dedication towards CIMSA UPH, i have earned my chance to join the exchange program held by them, and better more to be assigned to the Country of my choosing, which is Greece. Now for the exchange program, it was amazing, and has lived up to my expectation, even exceeding it. I am very glad that i could join the program, as it was an eye – opening experience. Not only was i able to learn and experience crucial medical knowledge, i was also able to build a strong international friendship, which proves that beneath the color, we are all human being, and
there are no boundaries for us millennials all around the world to cooperate, and lead the future.
In July 2018, i set foot on the land of the mythical goddess of war and wisdom, Athens Greece, after a long struggle with the VISA which caused my delay on arrival to the country. I almost gave up on going there, but i am now very glad that i had my persistence and by the grace of god i was able to set foot there. I stayed in the friendly neighborhood of Zografou, Athens, and attended my shift in the department of Gastroenterology in the LAIKO general Hospital, under the university of Athens. Despite the language barrier and their tight schedule, the doctors explained to me everything detailed, guided me in group discussion, taught me tips and tricks, and made my stay in the hospital very comfortable. The kind hospitality boosted my enthusiasm and productivity! More over, the doctors and nurses gave me the opportunity to assist in their daily activities. As i was working there, it has come to my knowledge that the hospital will become the first hospital to conduct liver transplant in Greece! For that reason, i have shifts in visiting patients with hepatic diseases and their complications, such as Ascites, hepatomegaly, hepatic encephalopathy, pleural effusion, Jaundice, and even rare disease such as Vanishing bile duct syndrome, Crohns disease and so on. Other than hepatology, i also attended numerous sessions of endoscopy, colonoscopy and other gastrointestinal imaging. More over, i learnt the operation of using the endoscopy, and also assisted in the procedure of polypectomy. I also have conducted daily anamnesis and physical examinations, providing information to the RMOs working there. As i have known that Greece is struggling with their economy, the hospital facilities were not all “high tech”. However, from there the doctors working in my hospital has learnt the analogue way, able to do their work very professionally, precisely and swiftly, despite the limitation of the facilities. I am thankful that by the doctors limitations, they have taught me valuable tips and tricks that i believe will definitely aid my way to become a physician in my country.
It must be noted that the exchange program is not only about medical studies, but also to build a strong bond of international friendship, to battle out the cultural clashes, to open our eyes about globalization, and to open our millennial hearts to accept each other without discrimination. For what i have mentioned, i have met new friends and made wonderful friendship with fellow medical students from all around the world, having everyone from each continent. Together, we explored the wonderful plateau of Greek landscapes, Islands, and nightlife! As we all say, we study hard, but we party hard as well! We visited the world famous Acropolis and Parthenon, local museums, and definitely filled our stomachs with wonderful wonderful (written 2 times just to exaggerate) Greek foods such as gyros, souvlakis and many more. At the weekends, we had our excursions to the island of Aegina, Santorini, and Mykonos to enjoy the wonderful beaches, culture, and beach parties! Overall, It is one unforgetable experience, even as i am writing this essay, i can’t help smiling and holding back the tears, reminiscing the wonderful experience i had with wonderful people, in a wonderful country.
For last words, Join this exchange program, and you will have an experience of a lifetime. Do not underestimate, and take it while there is chance! Cause as Mark Twain said, 20 years from now, you will be more dissappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So Explore. Dream. Discover.
Signing out, Andy William.