"On April 2016, I had a 2-week clinical observership in the Center for Septic Surgery at the Charite - University Medicine in Berlin, Germany. This observership was granted by European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). During this visit, I had a great opportunity to expand my current knowledge on the topic of prosthetic joint infection (PJI) under the supervision of Dr. Andrej Trampuz.
Center for Septic Surgery is dealing with different cases of musculoskeletal infections. The majority of the cases are prosthetic joint infections.
As a clinician, I am interested in the current practice of diagnostic and treatment of PJI. Thus, it was useful to discuss concepts of surgical procedures and antibacterial treatment. I participated in the rounds on the ward along with the collaborative team of the surgeons and infection consultants. We had discussions about difficult cases with emphasis on the infected arthroplasty. Microbiological and surgical points of view were discussed to make a consensus.
I would like to mention, that the Center of Septic Surgery is not only clinical unit but also a part of the research group. Members of the team have conducted clinical and translational research. I had the opportunity to join the lab meetings in the Berlin-Brandenburg Center for Regenerative Thera-pies, which is part of the Charité - University Medicine. On these meetings, the research team members presented and discussed their current projects. There were some impressive findings, which I've met during that discussion. Also, I had the opportunity to join research team members during the work in the lab. They have performed some steps of their projects. It was useful to get the main idea of research and to understand the methods of lab experiments.
In conclusion, I would strongly recommend visiting this excellent facility for all interested in treat-ment and research on the field of musculoskeletal infection. It could help to extend your current knowledge and to find new ideas in practice and research."
Alexei Demyanchuk, Federal Center of Traumatology, Orthopaedics and Arthroplasty, Barnaul, Russian Federation