Here her feedback:
"During my six-week internship at the Charité Virchow-Klinikum in Berlin, I worked with orthopedists and infectologists in the septic team of the department for musculoskeletal surgery, whose main purpose is dealing with prosthetic joint infections. As one of the select few departments specializing in PJI, the sheer volume of infections that they are confronted with emphasizes just how problematic such infections can be, not only in lowering a patient's quality of life, but in many cases shortening actual life expectancy, not to mention the potentially enormous expense involved if such infections do not receive the appropriate treatment. In the last six weeks, I have learned how to recognize an infected joint, as well as gaining a thorough understanding of the therapeutic decision making process.
The benefit of an extended internship is the possibility of observing and taking an active part in the entire therapeutic process for each individual patient, beginning with admission, through surgical and antibiotic treatment, rehabilitation and, finally, discharge. In addition, I was able to acquire some practical surgical skills, such as knee puncture, the preparation of patients for surgery and suturing, while also benefiting from being able to attend several lectures and workshops. I worked in a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, which only contributed still further to a most rewarding and enjoyable working environment.
I wish to thank in particular PD Dr. Andrej Trampuz for having given me this opportunity, but also the entire team for the knowledge that I have gained from each and every one of them. For me, the inspirational nature of this department is encapsulated perfectly in the following inscription to be found on a sign hanging on the wall of the staffroom: A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what was expected."
Katsiaryna Yermak, Faculty of Medicine University of Maribor, Slovenia