Avilia Alexandra (Norway) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2019

Avilia Alexandra (Norway) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2019

Written by mcdcimsa, on November 2nd, 2019

Hi! My name is Avilia Alexandra and I am a 4 th year medical student from
Faculty of Medicine Universitas Pelita Harapan. I am writing to share about the
highlight of experiences I had during my SCOPE Exchange program in a city in
southwestern Norway called Bergen.

The trip to the Bergen was quite interesting. I had several technical issues
regarding my accommodation (including missing my second connecting flight in
Amsterdam and lost my baggage), but that was how I realized that this trip was
getting real. I had no one to rely on but myself. I spent the first two nights sight-
seeing the city, learnt some necessary survival skills and getting along with the
warmth composure of the people. I learned how to adapt well.

When I got to the hospital, I was so sure that Norway has one of the best
healthcare systems in the world. Their effective and efficient universal health
coverage really brings welfare to the people. They have advanced technologies and
over-the-top professionalism ethics. The university hospital is called
Haukelandsbakken universitetssykehus – which I am placed in Neurology
department, under the supervision of Petter S. Sanaker, MD, PhD; Jana Midelfart
Hoff, MD, PhD, and Christian Helland, MD, PhD, Consultant in Neurosurgery. The
doctors and the nurses are very inspiring. I did clinical rotations in neurophysiology
unit, outpatient department, neurological physical rehabilitation unit, neurological
emergencies, and acute neurological ward. It was amazing. I had my first exposure
of so many cases, such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and
many others. I was taught to do proper reflex examinations. Not only that, but a
resident on-call was so nice to me. She let me join her in a night shift, and it was life-
changing. I got to experience how healthcare workers are working their best to treat
and manage neurological emergency cases such as seizures and stroke attacks as
fast as they can… at 3 in the morning. Also, I went to the operation theatre for the
first time! I got to observe several neurosurgery cases such as: extraforaminal
lumbar prolapse, high-grade frontal lobe glioblastoma resection, and ventricle-
peritoneal shunt on normo-hydrocephalus. Hospital days were the best.

The social aspect of the trip was so exciting! Everyone was friendly and
interesting! It took a very short time for us to get along with each other. I learned a lot
about so many different cultures and perspectives. Our exchange officers, Hanne-
Marie and Kaya, they planned various social program for us. We hiked 3 out of 7
mountains surrounding Bergen: Fløyen, Ulriken, and Løvstakken! Also, we went bar
crawling, and I went to a place called silent disco twice, just because it was so fun to
go to. We had International Dinner, where I cooked ayam sambal kecap, nasi
goreng, and of course, Indomie. In the last days of the program, we gave each other
post cards and traditional gifts from all around the world, stuffs to remember us by.

Lastly, it was a very unforgettable summer filled with countless memories. I
would really thank SCOPE CIMSA UPH for this life-changing opportunity! I feel very
lucky and privileged to be able to broaden my horizons along to enrich my
interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for a month outside my country. When they say
life starts at the end of your comfort zone, I must say I agree. I really did have the
time of my life. I can’t wait to share more Bergen stories to people back home.

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Avilia Alexandra (Norway) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2019

Avilia Alexandra (Norway) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2019

Written by mcdcimsa, on November 2nd, 2019

Hi! My name is Avilia Alexandra and I am a 4 th year medical student from
Faculty of Medicine Universitas Pelita Harapan. I am writing to share about the
highlight of experiences I had during my SCOPE Exchange program in a city in
southwestern Norway called Bergen.

The trip to the Bergen was quite interesting. I had several technical issues
regarding my accommodation (including missing my second connecting flight in
Amsterdam and lost my baggage), but that was how I realized that this trip was
getting real. I had no one to rely on but myself. I spent the first two nights sight-
seeing the city, learnt some necessary survival skills and getting along with the
warmth composure of the people. I learned how to adapt well.

When I got to the hospital, I was so sure that Norway has one of the best
healthcare systems in the world. Their effective and efficient universal health
coverage really brings welfare to the people. They have advanced technologies and
over-the-top professionalism ethics. The university hospital is called
Haukelandsbakken universitetssykehus – which I am placed in Neurology
department, under the supervision of Petter S. Sanaker, MD, PhD; Jana Midelfart
Hoff, MD, PhD, and Christian Helland, MD, PhD, Consultant in Neurosurgery. The
doctors and the nurses are very inspiring. I did clinical rotations in neurophysiology
unit, outpatient department, neurological physical rehabilitation unit, neurological
emergencies, and acute neurological ward. It was amazing. I had my first exposure
of so many cases, such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, and
many others. I was taught to do proper reflex examinations. Not only that, but a
resident on-call was so nice to me. She let me join her in a night shift, and it was life-
changing. I got to experience how healthcare workers are working their best to treat
and manage neurological emergency cases such as seizures and stroke attacks as
fast as they can… at 3 in the morning. Also, I went to the operation theatre for the
first time! I got to observe several neurosurgery cases such as: extraforaminal
lumbar prolapse, high-grade frontal lobe glioblastoma resection, and ventricle-
peritoneal shunt on normo-hydrocephalus. Hospital days were the best.

The social aspect of the trip was so exciting! Everyone was friendly and
interesting! It took a very short time for us to get along with each other. I learned a lot
about so many different cultures and perspectives. Our exchange officers, Hanne-
Marie and Kaya, they planned various social program for us. We hiked 3 out of 7
mountains surrounding Bergen: Fløyen, Ulriken, and Løvstakken! Also, we went bar
crawling, and I went to a place called silent disco twice, just because it was so fun to
go to. We had International Dinner, where I cooked ayam sambal kecap, nasi
goreng, and of course, Indomie. In the last days of the program, we gave each other
post cards and traditional gifts from all around the world, stuffs to remember us by.

Lastly, it was a very unforgettable summer filled with countless memories. I
would really thank SCOPE CIMSA UPH for this life-changing opportunity! I feel very
lucky and privileged to be able to broaden my horizons along to enrich my
interpersonal and intrapersonal skills for a month outside my country. When they say
life starts at the end of your comfort zone, I must say I agree. I really did have the
time of my life. I can’t wait to share more Bergen stories to people back home.

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