Rak MitjaClinical microbiologist Mitja Rak from Koper, Slovenia performed a 10 days ESCMID observership at the Center for Septic Surgery at Charité in Berlin.


 "In the early spring of 2016 I attended a 10 days observership program at the Centre for Septic Surgery at Charité-University Medicine in Berlin. During my stay at the clinic I had an opportunity to observe and participate in the multidisciplinary team consisted of infectious disease specialists, orthopaedic surgeons and internal medicine specialists. The team had regular discussions about diagnosis and treatment options for individual patients. The host prof. Dr. Andrej Trampuž, was always very helpful and thoughtful by elaborating clinical picture and the choice of the treatment, which also included selection of appropriate antibiotic treatment for individual patient. Participation at the discussion enabled me to expand my knowledge of prosthetic joint infections, native joints and other bone related infections. Furthermore I had a chance to learn about infection management and to see the problem of infections from different points of view: diagnostics, treatment and prevention.

I also had the opportunity to visit and participate in the research laboratory. I would really like to thank all laboratory staff for presenting their research work, for showing and including me in their experiments and for taking the time to explain and discuss about the various instruments that they use for their work. During my visit in the laboratory I have learnt about new techniques for studying biofilm and implant-associated infections. I also learned about their ongoing and future projects related to improvement of diagnostics of infections, novel techniques for prevention and treatment of infections and clinical research projects.

Furthermore, this was excellent opportunity to meet new people from the field of prosthetic joint infections and clinical microbiology and to exchange and form new ideas. The knowledge that I have acquired during the observership at the Charité clinic will help me to implement new methods for routine diagnostics and also to improve the existing ones in the laboratory in my home country. Furthermore this experience will also help me to establish better collaboration with other team members in our diagnostic and treatment unit.

Thanks to Dr. Andrej Trampuž, for accepting me at the Centre for Septic Surgery, for all of his time and kindness, general positive attitude and help in understanding different aspects of infections and for being open for new collaboration.

I recommend this observership not only to medical students and doctors, but also to other students (master or PhD) and postdoctoral researchers from other fields that have interest in infection research and management."

Mitja Rak, National laboratory for health, environment and food (NLZOH), Koper, Slovenia.

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