"In March 2016 I attended a 4 week observership programme at the Centre for septic Surgery at Charité-University Medicine Berlin. For the time being there, I had the opportunity to work, learn and be a part of the "Septic team".
My daily routine consisted of attending morning rounds, at the ward under supervision of attending doctor I practiced various clinical skills, I was able to scrub in with the surgeons at the operating rooms and deepen my communication skills with the patients.
During my observership, I learned much about the prosthetic joint infections, its different types, prevention, diagnosis, most common pathogens, available treatments and the importance of proper combination of antimicrobial agents with operative treatments. The department was interesting especially because it is a very good organized multidisciplinary team, which consists of orthopedic surgeons, infectious disease specialists and internal medicine specialists. From the visits to the research laboratory I learned much on the current research of new possible treatment opportunities regarding the prosthetic joint infections.
I also had the great opportunity to attend the Prosthetic Joint Infection workshop, which was held in Berlin for my time being there. The workshop was a great wrap up of the knowledge I gained at the clinic.
At this point, I would like to specially thank to Dr. Trampuz, for kindly enabling me to do this observership, for us students he took great care and kindness, especially he was willing to listen to any interest or wish we have showed during our stay as an observer. I wish him and his team all the best and to continue their good work in the future. I would also like to thank to all other doctors for their effort in working with me.
The clinical experience I gained during the month has been invaluable. I would highly recommend the Septic Surgery Department to any student, resident or specialist who is interested in infectious diseases, surgery, or any other related clinical and research field."
Žiga Volgemut, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia.