Tania Fionna Rahma (Germany) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA 2019
Written by mcdcimsa, on November 2nd, 2019
The experiences I had from this exchange program was exhilarating. I got accepted at
the general surgery department in Erlangen Hospital University, Germany. I was to start my
exchange program on the first of July 2019, which so happens to be a Monday. I departed
from Jakarta on the 29 th of June to Frankfurt, where I soon travelled to the small city of
Erlangen by bus. When I reached there, my contact person, Lara Dittman, picked me up and
drove me to my apartment of 4 weeks.
My first day of work was scary, because I didn’t know anyone and I wasn’t shown
around. I was put into work immediately. I was already set into the planning list of surgeries
for a whole month and I, alongside the other exchange students, were given telephones so
that they would call us.
On my second day, I was following a practitioner student from Germany, she taught
me how to draw blood and insert an IV line. Also, we observed a Da Vinci operation. It was
one of the most outstanding surgeries I have ever witnessed. Da Vinci is a robotic surgery,
and it is very expensive. But because of the amazing healthcare system in Germany, even the
unfortunate can be performed with this robot. on the end of the day, I was told to draw blood
by myself each morning because they are short in people at the moment.
Every morning, they would print out a list of patients and next to the list would be the
vials with their names taped on to them. And I, along with the other exchange students were
to take all of them before 12 o’clock. We were taught to work individually, and to work fast
and perfect. I also learned a few German words to ease my work.
Not only did I learn how to draw blood and insert an infusion, I have also experienced
assisting a few surgeries. I learned how to wash my hands and how to prepare like a doctor. I
have experienced so many amazing operations, but there was one particular one. It was a
tumor resection of the rectum, which turned out to have metastasized to the uterus and
bladder. After a short discussion the doctors decided to take the whole tumor, alongside the
rectum, uterus, and bladder. So, what I saw was two legs in a lithotomy position without a
bottom nor any of the external genitals. They had to call in two plastic surgeons, where they
cut out a large amount of the woman’s skin of her stomach to create a new bottom. I also had
amazing times with the other exchange students and the SCOPE students too. We had a lot of
games in the weekends and we went to a few cities in Germany together.