"My observership at the Septic Surgery Department in Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery (CMSC) at Charité-University Medicine Berlin started on 2nd of May and lasted 6 weeks.
I was quickly implemented into the working group and during these six weeks involved in the working life at the ward. My typical day included morning meetings, morning rounds, blood collecting, exchanging or inserting peripheral venous catheters, changing bandages, meetings for planning the operations and being as an assistant on various and different types of surgery procedures and doing bedside surgical interventions.
I was surprised how orthopedic surgeons and infectious disease specialists can work together to have a better outcome on treatment. I also had the opportunity to visit research laboratory where ongoing research projects were presented to me.
During my stay in Berlin I also attended the Workshop on Prosthetic Joint Infection. There were different clinical presentations about new diagnostic approaches of most common germs, surgical treatments and future possibilities of local antibiotic treatments. It gave me a lot of theoretical knowledge about a topic, that I was familiar with because of my observership.
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.
At this point I would like to thank all doctors of the Septic Surgery Department for giving me the opportunity to work with them and expanding my knowledge in prosthetic joint infections management.
Special thanks to PD Dr.med. Andrej Trampuz for giving me an opportunity to work with an interdisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons and infectious diseases specialists.
This observership is not only great for medical students who are interested in musculoskeletal surgery and prosthetic joint infections. I would recommend this to all medical students, who want to improve their practical skills as surgeons."
Tomaž Rojko, Medical Faculty UM, Ptuj, Slovenia