Jacqueline Tasha (Hungary) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2018
Written by mcdcimsa, on November 4th, 2018
IFMSA Student Exchange was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Hello, my name is Jacqueline Tasha, 4 th year medical student in Pelita Harapan University and I want to make sure that I wrote that as my opening statement because this exchange truly was the best thing that has ever happened to me. Going to this exchange, I was both excited and nervous at the same time because it was a new experience for me to travel all by myself, and to be separated with my family for a
full month, but I know that I will enjoy it because new things are exciting to me.
I was placed in Szeged, Hungary particularly in Újklinika (New Clinic Hospital) Idegsebészet Osztály (Neurosurgery Department). On the first day I attended their morning meeting and David Kis, my tutor introduced me to all of their neurosurgeons colleague. I was free to choose which surgery I wanted to attend and the doctors were very helpful. Before the surgery they would explain to me the cases, symptoms, showed me the imaging, ask me couple of questions regarding the case, and they would also
explain everything during the procedure. I attended more or less 4 surgeries everyday. One day, I even assisted in lumbar decompression surgery. It was all new experiences for me and I think it really prepared me for my clinical year because I got to see real life cases.
On weekends we would also have a lot of travelling plans. It was incredibly nice to have the privilege to visit other countries, especially given the fact that the countries I had the opportunity to visit during my time there were completely different from mine. I met a lot of great people, and I made new best friends whom I still keep in contact with up until today.
This exchange have taught me a lot of things. I gained a lot of medical knowledge, cultural and geographical knowledge, and most of all, experiences. Experiences I wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else, experiences that completely highlighted my entire time there.
I want to thank every single person who made this exchange possible for me as I wouldn’t have it any other way. This exchange will always have a special part in my heart, and I will carry it with me forever.