Erica Widodo (Greece) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2019
Written by mcdcimsa, on November 2nd, 2019
Yassas! I’m Erica Widodo, currently a fourth year medical student in Universitas Pelita
Harapan and I just finished my professional exchange in Alexandroupoli, Greece. One word to
describe this exchange is, picturesque. The people, the city, the food, and the scenery are all
captured beautifully as my memories to be cherished later on. I would have never imagined,
within a month you can be so attached and captivated to one’s culture and people.
I was placed in the Cardiology department in General University Hospital of
Alexandroupoli under the supervision of Professor Dimitris Stakos, a humble cardiologist who
was very passionate about what he’s doing really took care of us during our stay in Greece. The
cardiology department was interesting, we had first-hand exposure to coronary angiography
that was done every day of the week, pacemaker implants, cardioversion, echocardiogram, and
definitely lots of stitching! Not only I’ve gained more knowledge here, but I’ve learn the art and
value of a doctor-patient relationship, in which Professor Stakos had once told us, there’s no
point in being smart and guessing the correct diagnosis, when you have no sense of empathy to
your patients and what they have gone through. Listen, empower, encourage and diagnose the
patients correctly. If the patient feels that’s enough, then stop, there’s no point of forcing them.
It takes you just one month, away from your country, your family, your old habits and
your friends to realize how much you’ve been taking life for granted and not feeling gratitude
to what you have been given all this time. Thank you CIMSA and IFMSA for this opportunity! In
the spirit of Greek and cardiology, here’s a quote from a famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle
who once said “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”.