Exchange Activities

Tania Fionna Rahma (Germany) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA 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.

Uploaded on 02/11/2019

Erica Widodo (Greece) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 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”.

#IFMSAmoments
#WonderfulExchangeWithCIMSA

Uploaded on 02/11/2019

Avilia Alexandra (Norway) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 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.

Uploaded on 02/11/2019

Andy William (Greece) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 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.

Uploaded on 04/11/2018

Luky Adlino (Phillipines) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2018

My name is Luky Adlino, a fourth-year medical student from Pelita Harapan University. In this
short essay I would like to share some of my experience after I finished the medical student
exchange program in the Philippines.
First of all let me thank SCOPE CIMSA UPH (officials and all of the members) for making this
exchange program possible for us.
So me and my classmate, Selina, went to the Philippines last June and stayed there for 4 weeks.
In that time, we only got one choice which was University of Santo Tomas Hospital in Manila.
Selina rotated in Pediatrics department, while me my self I rotated in Obstetrics and Gynecology
department.The exchange program in the Philippines was held by AMSA Philippines. One of the member
picked us up at the Manila airport when we arrived there. She took us for dinner at a famous
Filipino restaurant. We got our tongue to taste our first Filipino dish! After that, she took us to
our dormitory near by the hospital. There, we met the other 2 incoming students from France and
Canada.
My schedules in OB-GYNE department are from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. The doctors
there were really nice, they let me join the clerks’ case discussion every morning, they allowed
me to observe surgeries, they asked me to interact with the patients, and even do some basic
obstetrical-gynecological examinations on the patients.
There, I observed normal spontaneous deliveries, Caesarian deliveries, total hysterectomy, and
etc. . Beside that, I did some examinations on pregnant mothers such as the bimanual
examination, the fundal height measurement, the Leopold’s maneuvers, and also monitoring the
fetal heart rate using Doppler.
Outside the clinical rotation, in our free time, AMSA members took us on a social programs. We
went to visit Intramuros (Manila old city), Binondo (Manila and world’s oldest Chinatown),
Tanay (highland near Manila), museums, theme park, and etc. . They also got us to try some of
their delicacies, including the most famous Balut (if you don’t know what is Balut, go search
now!).
For me, building relation is the most important aspect in this exchange program. I got to know
lots of new friends and doctors there. That’s why this kind of exchange program is needed for us,
medical students. To open our mind that there are a lot more to do beside studying medicine
alone. Once again, BRAVO SCOPE CIMSA UPH!

Uploaded on 04/11/2018

Jacqueline Tasha (Hungary) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 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.

Uploaded on 04/11/2018

Reza Stevano (Germany) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2018

“One’s destination is never a place, but always a new way of seeing things.” These words, once
spoken by American author Henry Miller, could not be truer.

Hi, my name is Reza Stevano, and
I’m a third-year medical student who was given the privilege of undergoing the SCOPE
professional exchange program this summer in Greifswald, Germany. In the next few
paragraphs, I’m going to share with you the experiences I’ve gained this past month in
Greifswald.

I was two-parts excited and one-part anxious when I first arrived in Greifswald, but after seeingmy contact person, Annie and Daniel, welcome me with such warmth, it was silly why I was so
nervous in the first place. After helping me get settled back in the flat, they introduced me to the
other exchange students. In total there were seven of us: two from Greece, and one each from
Honduras, France, Italy, Hungary, and of course, yours truly from Indonesia. Though it might be
quite awkward to meet so many people in such a short amount of time, we simply placed our
awkwardness aside, and got to know each other. After all, 30 days is no time at all, and it’s
simply a shame to waste our time with slow introductions! We bonded quickly, and by the time
our internships begin, we always set aside time to meet up every day at the harbor after we’re
finished for food and drinks.
The hospital was just as great. When thinking about German stereotypes, your mind might come
up with stoic, rigid people uptight about their time and punctuality. Although the punctuality part
might be true (in which it definitely is), the people I’ve met in the hospital have been nothing but
warm and kind. I was stationed in the obstetrics and gynecology department (OB-GYN), and
followed around twelve doctors throughout the four weeks of the program. At first I thought I’d
only be able to observe procedures, and I made my peace with that. But I was both shocked and
pleasantly surprised when they asked me, an inexperienced third year student, to assist on my
second day on a vaginal hysterectomy, colporrhaphy and TVTO installation. Over the coming
weeks, I got to assist in more and more procedures surrounding OB-GYN, including curettages,
laparoscopies, laparotomies, and tumor resections. The extent of what I was allowed to do also
multiplied with the weeks: while at first I was only allowed to hold clamps, soon they gave me
the opportunity to assist in ultrasonography, cautery, suturing, and stapling.
Aside from the hospital work and daily drinks, we also took the weekends as an opportunity to
explore Germany. We packed a backpack and hopped on a train to Hamburg and Berlin on our
first and second weekends in Germany, while we joined the other exchange students across
Germany as part of the National Social Program in Freest. Although I only had a month, I
believe I made the most out of it. But I still can’t help but think that I left too soon, after all, I
wouldn’t mind staying an extra month or two in Greifswald! The exchange program has been
amazing, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has the chance of going on one.

Uploaded on 04/11/2018

Alvita Suci Edgina (France) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2018

I am a fourth year medical student studying in Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia. I am currently
going through my last year of preclinical studies and I am also active in organizational events in my
university. I am a member of CIMSA (Center for Indonesian Medical Students’ Activities) since my first
year, the organization holding the professional exchange program in Indonesia. The exchange program
has received wonderful reviews and it has lived up to my expectations. It was wonderful. There, I got to
experience a new healthcare system with different social settings, as well as new cultures.
In June 2018, I went to an exchange program in Nancy, France. There I went in the CHU Nancy Hospital,
in the Orthopedics Surgery and Traumatology department. The doctors there were so friendly and
willing to teach us many things. Every morning we began with a case discussion, where the doctors
would discuss about interesting cases and discussed the most proper treatment for the patient. Then, I
would go to the operating room to see firsthand how the procedures were done. The doctors would
explain to me what they were doing, and why they chose a specific procedure for the patient. They also
taught us to consider the patient’s conditions, the things we have to examine before the surgery. On
other days, I went to the traumatology department, which is basically an emergency department
specializing in traumatology, the cases of accidents. There I was taught about how to examine patients
to find lesions in the joints, to differentiate sprain, strain, fractures, and so on. Here, I learned the
different healthcare system where everything is free for the people and also problems associated with
the free healthcare policy.
However, here I also experienced French culture, I got to experience French cuisine, music, and nature. I
went to the mountains there, and also travel to nearby city and country, Strasbourg and Luxembourg
respectively. All the people that I met there were so nice and helpful and were eager to teach us about
their culture and history. I was lucky that I got to experience fete de la musique, a night where street
musicians gather around the city to play their own music, and it was amazing. My host also took us to
see her horseback riding, and even throw a party to welcome us.
Overall, my exchange program experience is one that I could never forget.

Uploaded on 04/11/2018

Mateusz Klimek (Poland) – Incoming CIMSA UPH 2017 Interview

CIMSA UPH  has gotten the chance to interviewed one of SCOPE’s exchange student from Poland named Mateusz Klimek We had a good time asking and sharing few of the experiences they’ve had. So, this is the interview’s result. Check it out!

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I:   Interviewer

M: Matthew

 

I : Hello! Thank you so much for taking your time to do this interview with us , We are very pleased. How are you by the way?

M : Um, I’m fine thanks. How are you?

I : I’m fine too! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and where you came from?

M : So, my name is Mateusz I’m from Poland.

I : How’s your stay for this couple of weeks?

M : So far so good tho. It’s a good experience to experience the culture, the cuisine.

I : The food? Is it good?

M : Yea! For sure! A little bit spicy comparing to the one in Europe, but it’s delicious for sure.

I : How about the hospital and the clerkship program you’re in? 

M : So, I’m in the SCOPE Exchange, the Professional Exchange CIMSA. Um, I have to say that the Indonesian students who have their rotation round, they’re really nice, very helpful for me.

I : How about the Indonesian culture itself? Do you experience different culture?

M : Not that much so far, but after the exchange I’m actually gonna travel around Indonesia, so I can’t wait! Because I know for sure that Indonesian culture is so divided and so colorful.

I : Are you enjoying that so far?

M : Of course, it’s something new for me.

I : What is the thing you enjoy the most while staying here?

M : I think the most mesmerizing thing for me is that getting to know you guys, your people and your culture also the students themselves.

I : Well, I guess that’s it from today’s interview. We are more than happy to welcome you another time whenever you visit Indonesia. We hope nothing but the best for you and see you soon! 

Uploaded on 11/10/2017

Jessie Arisa (Barcelona) – Outgoing SCOPE CIMSA UPH 2017

Hola! With this essay i want to tell the stories about what i did during my exchange program. It was one of the best holidays of my life!

I was in Dermatology department in Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital, Can Ruti, Barcelona. The hospital is 1 hour from the city centre, and 1,5-2 hours by public transportation from my student dorm, although its really far, it was really worth it! First, i will tell about my exchange program. Although i was in clinical instead of surgical rotation without spanish or catalan speaking skills, i still learned a lot in the hospital. In Dermatology, mostly its visual diagnosis and i could see the name of the disease and treatment on the computer beause most clinical words are simillar with english. All of the doctors are really really nice and helpful because they made summary and translated most of the patients’ problem to me and they always answered the questions i asked. The nurses are also really nice, they are really friendly, they even brought a chair for me to seat. Everyday, the clinic started at 9am and finished around 1-2pm, after that we had lunch at the cafetaria and the foods were really cheap!(compared to city centre), it was 4,3 euro a meal. On Monday and Tuesday there was a presentation from the doctors about skin diseases with discussions and on Wednesday there was a session with pathology anatomy department and case presentations. Most of the sessions were in spanish, but i still could get some of the important things by reading the slide presentation, once, the doctor presented the session with english for me, he was really kind! After sessions, if there were any patients from the ward or emergency room requested for dermatologists to evaluate their skin disease, we came to them, evaluate, and prescribe the medicines. I saw many interesting cases mostly every day because my hospital is the last hospital for referral after primary and secondary care. This essay will be really long if i mention all diseases that i saw, so i will mention just the interesting and rare cases like darrier disease, leukemia cutis on acute myeloid leukemia patient, kaposi sarcoma in HIV infected patient, subcutaneous melanoma metastasic lesions, neurofibromatosis in children and adult, severe form of atopic dermatitis, scleroderma and lichen scleroatrophic. The doctors let me to do many things, at the first week i only observed the patient, but from the second week i can touch and palpate the patient but i couldn’t take any photos of the patient. I also did my first punch biopsy and cryotherapy with helps from the doctor of course. I also assisted twice in the surgery of basocellular carcinoma.

Second, i will tell about the social programs. There were some people who arranged the social programs for us. Social programs were on weekdays after hospital maybe because they also wanted to have their own weekends since it was also holiday season for them and all of the social programs are only in Barcelona. Most of the social programs were good but i think it will be better if they arrange some trips to other cities near Barcelona like Montserrat, Girona, etc. With the social programs i went to tourisity places in Barcelona like montjuic, bunkers el carmel, gothic quarter, plaza catalunia, tibidabo amusement park etc. Since they didn’t arange any trips to other cities near Barcelona, i went to Girona with my flatmate. They also arranged a National Food and Drink party and i really liked it because i could taste foods and drinks(inclluding their alcohols) from other countries!

Last, i will tell about Barcelona. I really love staying in Barcelona! The people are really friendly, you can say holla and adios to people you don’t know, but they are not really good in english. The foods and drinks are also delicious, i really love tapas, paella, and sangria. The public transportations are really convenient, i just need to buy 1 ticket for 1 month and i could use bus, tram, and metro, i didn’t need to walk too much because public transports are everywhere and really accesible. The last but not least, i really enjoyed shopping there since it was a summer sale and Spain is home to many good brands like Zara, Mango, Bershka, Stradivarius, etc.

Uploaded on 20/09/2017

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