"I had the amazing opportunity to perform a 4 week observership at the Septic Surgery Department in the Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery (CMSC) at Charité-University Medicine Berlin. I would like to give a special thanks to PD Andrej Trampuz for this opportunity in one of the best hospitals of Germany.
During these four weeks I was deeply involved in the working life at the ward, which included the morning rounds, the daily patient visits, blood collecting, being as assistant on various and different types of surgery procedures and doing bedside surgical interventions. I was amazed how much experience and skills I acquired in just one month and how many new, different and exciting situations I was in. The area of prosthetic joint infections was almost new to me and it was very interesting to see how orthopaedic surgeons and ID specialists come together to have a desired final result. I am very thankful to all the doctors that I met because they thought me a lot and I had the opportunity to be active and to be a part of the working team.
I loved so much being in the operating room because I could assist a lot, I could see so many different types of surgeries but more importantly I enjoyed to work with the surgical teams because they were highly professional and at the same time very kind and always ready to answer my questions.
I suggest this observership to everyone who wishes to become a surgeon, especially orthopedic surgeon, but nonetheless to all students who want to learn something new about prosthetic joint infections, which is a topic that is seldom discussed at medical school.
I want to thank Dr. Trampuz again for the extreme kindness, help and motivation, Dr. Müller, Dr. Winkler, the nurses and all the people who taught me a lot in these 4 weeks."
Vid Di Lenardo, University of Maribor, Maribor, Slovenia.